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Pentecost Novena: Day 3 (13 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 (12 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.

      Pentecost Novena: Day 1 (11 May)

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

      Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

      Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
      From Your clear celestial height,
      Your pure beaming radiance give!

      The Holy Spirit

      Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared — sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God.

      To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

      Prayer

      Almighty and eternal God,
      Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit,
      and hast given us forgiveness all sins,
      vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit,
      the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding,
      the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude,
      the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety,
      and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. 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 offer 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.

        Dream of the Rood: Christ as hero.

        Over the Christmas break, our eldest, home from university, was wrestling with a couple of essays. I was called on to proof read each draft and give feedback. One was an Old English task, looking at three texts, one of which was the poem “The Dream of the Rood.”

        The poem tells the story of a vision or dream the narrator has of the Cross, the Rood of the title. In the dream the Cross is the main character and talks to the poet. Christ is a hero, standing in the tradition of the Anglo-Saxon heroic code. He is brave, strong and willingly takes on battles for the sake of his people. The Crucifixion here is a battle with evil, not unlike Beowulf’s battle with Grendal. In the poem the Cross observes:

        “The young hero stripped himself – he, God Almighty –
        strong and stout-minded. He mounted high gallows,
        bold before many, when he would loose mankind.”

        The Cross is like Christ’s faithful retainer, as Sam is to Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. It battles along side the hero:

        “I lifted a mighty King,
        Lord of the heavens, dared not to bend.
        With dark nails they drove me through: on me those sores are seen,
        open malice-wounds. I dared not scathe anyone.
        They mocked us both, we two together”

        And so the story is told. Christ battles and dies. He is taken down by his Thanes (the disciples) who also honour the cross. As we expect Christ is raised, returns to heaven and will come again.

        In reading and re-reading the poem, I was struck by two things. First is the portrayal of Christ. As modern readers, we have access to many different realistic, historically accurate portrayals of the Passion and in each one the power of Christ’s act on the cross comes through. However The Dream of the Rood reveals another facet. Here we are given something of the spiritual reality that goes on underneath. Christ comes to defeat evil, death and sin. He faces them and fights the battle. It is an act of strength and bravery, willingly taken and, in the end there is glory. All of this is done for his people, defeating death that they may live.

        Second, I was struck by the process the Cross itself goes through. It begins as a tree in the forest, chopped down and forced to be a cross by men. It is a transformation done by violence and against its will. Yet everything changes when the Rood encounters Christ. In that moment the Cross becomes Christ’s loyal and faithful retainer and supports him in the battle. It too experiences the nails and is drenched in the blood of the warrior. The fight was Christ’s, he the hero and the Cross experiences the suffering and remains loyal. There is a great love in the words the Rood speaks when Christ is taken down:

        “Sore was I with sorrows distressed, yet I bent to men’s hands,
        with great zeal willing. They took there Almighty God,
        lifted him from that grim torment.”

        This process, from one who is made to take on a role to one who gladly endures all for the sake of the hero, who stands with the Wielder and remains loyal is one which is open to all, not just Crosses. As the Tridduum continues there is that possibility. We can choose to be the faithful retainer. It will cost us but there is love and glory at the end. This choice is there because the hero faces the battle willingly and out of love. He fights for his people, whatever the cost. In that there is something beautiful and transformative.

          Services on Easter Day

          Easter Day

          Saturday 31 March

          Vigil Liturgy and First Mass of Easter 8:00pm

          Sunday 1 April

          Mass of the Day 11:30am

          During the Sacred Triduum members of the Ordinariate in Eastbourne join Fr Neil and his parish at Christ the King Langney.

            Services during Holy Week

            Maundy Thursday

            Thursday 29 March

            Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm

            Good Friday

            Friday 30 March

            Children’s Holy Week Liturgy 10:00am
            Solemn Liturgy of the Day 3:00pm

            During the Sacred Triduum members of the Ordinariate celebrate with Fr Neil and his parish at Christ the King, Langney.