Friday, May 10, 2013

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit

The Novena starts today ~ May 10th and ends on Pentecost Saturday, May 18th.

On Ascension Day begins the nine days of waiting and preparing, together with the Apostles and Mary, the coming of the Holy Spirit. These are the days when families should discuss the "Gifts of the Holy Ghost" and the "Fruits of the Holy Ghost" evening after evening.
We can either focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Day 1   Gift of Knowledge
Day 2   Gift of Understanding
Day 3   Gift of Counsel
Day 4   Gift of Fortitude
Day 5   Gift of Piety
Day 6   Gift of the Fear of the Lord
Day 7   Gift of Wisdom
Day 8   Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Day 9   Meditate on Veni, Sancte Spiritus and Veni, Creator Spiritus.

Find additional information at Catholic Culture.

Or we can pray the following scripture:

Friday -  You Will Receive Power    Acts 1:8
Saturday -  Jesus' Promise of the Advocate    John 16:13
Sunday -  The Need to be Born of the Spirit    John 3:5
Monday -  The Spirit Gives Life To Dry Bones    Ezekiel 37:5
Tuesday -  Life Through His Spirit    Romans 8:11
Wednesday -  Understanding Comes Through the Spirit    1 Corinthians 2:12
Thursday -  One Spirit, Many Gifts    Corinthians 12:4-6
Friday -  The Fruit of the Spirit    Galatians 5:22-23
Saturday -  The Outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost    Acts 2:3-4

Novena Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love.
Set our lives aflame with your gifts.
Grant us wisdom to choose what is good and true;
understanding to embrace your plan of salvation;
right judgment to act according to your will;
courage to share our faith with others;
knowledge to live as disciples of Jesus Christ;
reverence to respond faithfully to your grace each day;
and wonder and awe in your presence.
Inspire us with enthusiasm for our Catholic faith.
Grant us boldness to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ,
and help us to bring the transforming power of the gospel to our world.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.




  1. I must be honest and admit that I rarely focus my prayers on the Holy Spirit, except when it comes to the Sign of the Cross. I'm happy to be praying this novena along with my daughter who will receive her sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. It does seem to be the least thought of when it comes to the Holy Trinity. How exciting for your daughter!

  2. Thanks for posting this novena. This is a link to the Chaplet of the Holy Spirit in case you're interested. I think the chaplet is wonderful to pray when a person has something really big to decide upon.

    1. Hi Barb, thank for the link. I will check it out and try to recall it in times of big decisions. God bless!