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Pentecost Novena: Day 3 (2 June)

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 (1 June)

    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 (31 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.

        Good Shepherd Sunday: Fr Neil’s Homily.

        We hear from Jesus, in the Gospel, that it is those who hear his voice and respond that are given eternal life, “and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of the my hand.” (Jn 10:28)

        The good shepherd therefore, is the one who seeks out the lost and wounded offering them the words of eternal life through the preaching of the gospel.

        The missionary journeys of Paul and the other apostles recorded in the book of Acts illustrates this well. Those who hear and respond become a part of the flock – the church within which all are fed, watered and protected in preparation to enter into the fullness of heavenly glory as revealed in the revelation of John the Divine.

        This same Sunday is also known as Vocation Sunday because of the obvious connection between Jesus as the Good Shepherd and the ministerial priesthood. The priest, as Shepherd leads the people of God, offering them, through the sacraments, the foretaste of the heavenly vision. This is particularly tangible in the celebration of the mass, which is the source and summit of the Church’s activity, as Jesus is made present in our midst to feed us in anticipation and preparation of heavenly glory.

        Now we cannot hide the fact that there is, in the Western Catholic Church, a crisis of vocations. The number of young men offering themselves for the priesthood over the last 60 years has collapsed. I hardly need to say that priests are not teleported from outer space. Young men arise from the laity and if there is a crisis of vocations then it also indicates that there is crisis in the laity too. We operate in the Arundel and Brighton diocese. I am therefore aware that they will by 2030 only have 25 priests under the age of 65. The impact of these falling numbers will hit parishes long before we get to 2030. This is an example and one for which I have figures but A and B are not alone.

        One is not surprised that, like for the apostles, persecution comes from those not of the faith and in this present age from a growing militant secular culture. Those ‘young’ priests are more than aware of these problems and are ready to face them. What for many is the real trial is their experience that if they dress like a priest and celebrate the mass according to the Roman Missal worthily and well, they are vilified by a certain number of very vocal laity. In some cases hounded out of their parishes as being pre-Vatican II extremists. Yet many of the same laity rejoice in those priests who refuse to dress like the shepherd and habitually deviate or altogether refuse to use the liturgy of the Church.

        Many of these vocal laity have been led to believe that in reality Vatican II was a decisive rupture with the past. The Church however speaks of a continuity with what went on before. Things that belong to a time in the Church before the reforms cannot be seen as erroneous and an anathema to the precent Church. Today is built upon yesterday not in contradiction to it. It is the same Holy Spirit that is eternal and unchanging who has inspired the followers of Christ throughout all its history.

        A great deal of responsibility lies with the priests that have served since the 2nd Vatican council and what they have taught. It is chilling to hear the words of Cardinal Sarah in his book ‘The Power of Silence’ state that ‘Every priest, every bishop will keep in mind that on the terrible Day of Judgement he himself will have to answer before God for the sins of those whom he was unable to reform because of his own negligence.’

        This is the real crisis. The terrifying thing is that in rejecting or persecuting those priests who are trying to be faithful to the Church in liturgy and teaching, their rejection is not of the individual priest but Christ in whose persona the priest stands.

        If all the identified 25 ‘young’ priests of Arundel and Brighton are still around in 2030 it will be a miracle of grace, (I repeat, Arundel and Brighton are not the exception in this crisis). The stress that many are experiencing, in just trying to be faithful priests, will inevitable lead some to having, mental breakdowns, physical ill health and to even leaving the priesthood altogether.

        The other pressure and subtle shift is that the hierarchy’s response is to push the parish priest into become a manager rather than a priest who central task is the administration of the sacraments. You are the people of God not customers buying a product. Do we still wonder why there is a vocations crisis?

        Pray for your priests, pray for vocations, pray for a renewal of the faith among the laity that they might become still and quite enough to once again hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.

          Alleluia: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

          Alleluia

            Holy Saturday: the space between

            Three crosses

            Holy Saturday: the space between.

            Except it’s not really between: it’s integral to the Triduum, the three days on which the Church celebrates the Last Supper, the Passion and Death of Our Lord, and his Resurrection. The Triduum is one celebration liturgically. There is no dismissal after the evening Mass on Thursday; no greeting when the Church comes together on Friday; no dismissal then either. And there’s no formal greeting before the lighting of the new fire at the Easter Vigil.

            On the night before he was to suffer, Jesus took bread and broke it for his disciples. “Take, eat; this is my Body.” “This is my Blood.” Then he is betrayed by one of his own, subjected to a process of questionable legality, tortured and killed. The Father did not rescue his Son: the events were set and had to be completed. Jesus died.

            At this point, we wait. Even though we know what is coming, we have been here before, there is a space for God to do his work.

            This space is one for reflection.

            Jesus died for us: his is the atoning sacrifice for our faults and sins which we have inherited from our origins. By his obedience unto death, Jesus “accomplished the substitution of the suffering Servant,” as the Catechism has it, becoming an offering for sin. Because of this Original sin, no mere man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all and offer himself a sacrifice for all. Only one who was sinless, the Son of God made man, could do that.

            This is love. This is what God the Father and the Christ were prepared to do to rescue his creation from sin. It is the only solution; it is a terrible solution. But is the source of eternal salvation.

            There is a little space to let that sink in.