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Novena with Newman: Day 3 — Priest of God’s Altar

John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

Day 3: Sunday 6 October

Intention: That we are blessed with more vocations to the priesthood.

From his writings:
Had angels been your priests, my brethren, they could not have condoled with you, sympathised with you, have had compassion on you, felt tenderly for you, and made allowances for you, as we can; they could not have been your patterns and guides, and have led you on from your own selves into a new life, as they can who come from the midst of you.

Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Glorious Mysteries on Sunday) for this intention, and then:

O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
Novena with Newman

    Novena with Newman: Day 2 — Child of Mary

    John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

    This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

    Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

    Day 2: Saturday 5 October

    Intention: That we learn to see Jesus in the members of our families.

    From his writings:
    I have my mission, I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place.

    Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Joyful Mysteries on Saturday) for this intention, and then:

    O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
    Novena with Newman

      Novena with Newman: Day 1 — Example of Humility

      John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

      This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

      Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

      Day 1: Friday 4 October (S Francis of Assisi)

      Intention: That we find opportunities to alleviate the sufferings of those who are homeless and marginalised.

      From his writings:
      I sought to hear the voice of God
      and climbed the topmost steeple,
      but God declared: “Go down again—
      I dwell among the people.”

      Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday) for this intention, and then:

      O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

      If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
      Novena with Newman

        Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman

        Cardinal Newman

        Blessed John Henry Newman (1801–1890) will be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday 13 October. It’s a big day for the Ordinariate in the UK because the Ordinariate was placed under his patronage when it was founded. The arms the Ordinariate has adopted feature his coat of arms marshalled with the cross and fleurs-de-lys of Walsingham. He is the most important and notable example of a member of the Church of England joining the Catholic Church.

        Born in 1801, he grew up in a Church of England family and went to school in Ealing until his intellect led him to Trinity College Oxford at the age of only sixteen. He was a studious, rather serious young man whose shyness held him back from forging many friendships. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1825 and was a popular preacher.

        As a Fellow of Oriel College, he was an important founder of the ‘Oxford Movement’ in the 1830’s. The rediscovery of Catholic doctrines and practices met hostility in the Church of England, and Newman’s scholarly researches led him towards the Catholic Church. In 1845, after many years of soul-searching, John Henry Newman decided to become a Catholic. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1847 and three years later founded the first (if shortlived) Catholic University in Ireland. He introduced the Congregation of the Oratory into England, being based at the Birmingham Oratory for the rest of his life.

        Newman played an important part in the First Vatican Council (1869–70). His key ideas included the development of doctrine — developed over generations, and he believed that this was at the heart of faith. Often misunderstood by his contemporaries, Newman’s ideas created suspicion among many Catholics at the time, but Pope Leo XIII recognised his orthodoxy, and in 1879 created Newman Cardinal Deacon of St George in Velabro.

        Newman Association

        The Oratories of England have a fuller biography available if you want to know more; and what Popes have said about him.

        In Eastbourne we’re joining in the celebrations, and even if you’re not in Eastbourne you can too.

        Novena of Prayer in preparation

        A Novena, nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starts on Friday 4 October and ends on Saturday 12. We’ll be posting here daily and if you follow our Twitter account you’ll get reminded to join in. However, if you need to print a paper copy there’s also a leaflet available using the material published by the Oratories of England — we’ve condensed it on to a single sheet.

        Novena with Newman

        The Canonisation Mass

        This is expected to be available to stream online from 8:30am (UK time, BST) via EWTN Europe.

        Canonisation Thanksgiving Masses

        • Sunday 13 October, 4pm: St Agnes’ Church
        • Monday 14 October, 7:30pm: Our Lady of Ransom Church, Solemn Sung Mass followed by a reception in the parish centre. This Mass will also be attended by members of the Eastbourne & Bexhill Circle of the Newman Association.

          Pentecost Novena: Day 9 (8 June)

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

          Saturday the Vigil of Pentecost

          Thou, on those who evermore
          Thee confess and Thee adore,
          in Thy sevenfold gift, descend;
          Give Them Comfort when they die;
          Give them Life with Thee on high;
          Give them joys which never end. Amen.

          The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

          The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

          Prayer

          Come, O Divine Spirit,
          fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits,
          Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity,
          goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance,
          that I may never weary in the service of God,
          but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration
          may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of 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 8 (7 June)

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

            Friday of the seventh week of Easter

            Bend the stubborn heart and will,
            melt the frozen warm the chill.
            Guide the steps that go astray!

            The Gift of Wisdom

            Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savour, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.”

            Prayer

            Come, O Spirit of Wisdom,
            and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things,
            their exceeding greatness, power and beauty.
            Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth.
            Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. 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.