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Pentecost Novena: Day 7 (1 June)

The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

Thursday of the seventh week of Easter

Heal our wounds—our strength renews;
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel,
help and guide me in all my ways,
that I may always do Thy holy will.
Incline my heart to that which is good;
turn it away from all that is evil,
and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments
to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Our Father,
who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace;
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Then the Gloria is said seven times

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

    Pentecost Novena: Day 6 (31 May)

    The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

    Wednesday of the seventh week of Easter

    If Thou take Thy grace away,
    nothing pure in man will stay,
    All his good is turn’d to ill.

    The Gift of Understanding

    Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion by faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

    Prayer

    Come, O Spirit of Understanding,
    and enlighten our minds,
    that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation;
    and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light;
    and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

    Our Father,
    who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our trespasses
    as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

    Hail Mary, full of grace;
    the Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou amongst women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now
    and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Then the Gloria is said seven times

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit;
    as it was in the beginning, is now
    and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.

    Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

    On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

    Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

      Pentecost Novena: Day 5 (30 May)

      The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

      Tuesday of the seventh week of Easter

      Light immortal! Light Divine!
      Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
      And our inmost being fill!

      The Gift of Knowledge

      The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth — in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretence of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

      Prayer

      Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge,
      and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father;
      show me the nothingness of earthly things,
      that I may realize their vanity
      and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation,
      looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

      Our Father,
      who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
      Thy kingdom come,
      Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
      Give us this day our daily bread,
      and forgive us our trespasses
      as we forgive them that trespass against us.
      And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
      For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
      for ever and ever. Amen.

      Hail Mary, full of grace;
      the Lord is with thee.
      Blessed art thou amongst women,
      and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
      Holy Mary, Mother of God,
      pray for us sinners now
      and at the hour of our death. Amen.

      Then the Gloria is said seven times

      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
      and to the Holy Spirit;
      as it was in the beginning, is now
      and ever shall be,
      world without end. Amen.

      Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

      On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

      Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

      O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

        Pentecost Novena: Day 4 (29 May)

        The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

        Monday of the seventh week of Easter

        Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
        Pleasant coolness in the heat,
        solace in the midst of woe.

        The Gift of Fortitude

        By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

        Prayer

        Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude,
        uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity,
        sustain my efforts after holiness,
        strengthen my weakness,
        give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies,
        that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee,
        my God and greatest Good. Amen.

        Our Father,
        who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
        Thy kingdom come,
        Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
        Give us this day our daily bread,
        and forgive us our trespasses
        as we forgive them that trespass against us.
        And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
        For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
        for ever and ever. Amen.

        Hail Mary, full of grace;
        the Lord is with thee.
        Blessed art thou amongst women,
        and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
        Holy Mary, Mother of God,
        pray for us sinners now
        and at the hour of our death. Amen.

        Then the Gloria is said seven times

        Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
        and to the Holy Spirit;
        as it was in the beginning, is now
        and ever shall be,
        world without end. Amen.

        Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

        On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

        Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

        O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

          Pentecost Novena: Day 3 (28 May)

          The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

          Seventh Sunday of Easter

          Thou, of all consolers best,
          Visiting the troubled breast,
          Dost refreshing peace bestow.

          The Gift of Piety

          The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial a?ection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labour.

          Prayer

          Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart.
          Enkindle therein such a love for God,
          that I may find satisfaction only in His service,
          and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

          Our Father,
          who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
          Thy kingdom come,
          Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
          Give us this day our daily bread,
          and forgive us our trespasses
          as we forgive them that trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
          For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
          for ever and ever. Amen.

          Hail Mary, full of grace;
          the Lord is with thee.
          Blessed art thou amongst women,
          and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
          Holy Mary, Mother of God,
          pray for us sinners now
          and at the hour of our death. Amen.

          Then the Gloria is said seven times

          Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
          and to the Holy Spirit;
          as it was in the beginning, is now
          and ever shall be,
          world without end. Amen.

          Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

          On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

          Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

          O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

            Pentecost Novena: Day 2 (27 May)

            The Holy Spirit as a dove in the Bernini window at St Peter's Basilica, Rome

            Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

            Come, Father of the poor.
            Come, treasures which endure;
            Come, Light of all that live!

            The Gift of Fear

            The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

            Prayer

            Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear,
            penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you,
            my Lord and God, before my face forever.
            Help me to shun all things that can offend You,
            and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven,
            where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

            Our Father,
            who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
            Thy kingdom come,
            Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread,
            and forgive us our trespasses
            as we forgive them that trespass against us.
            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
            For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
            for ever and ever. Amen.

            Hail Mary, full of grace;
            the Lord is with thee.
            Blessed art thou amongst women,
            and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
            Holy Mary, Mother of God,
            pray for us sinners now
            and at the hour of our death. Amen.

            Then the Gloria is said seven times

            Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
            and to the Holy Spirit;
            as it was in the beginning, is now
            and ever shall be,
            world without end. Amen.

            Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

            On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I o?er myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

            Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

            O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.