Novena - between Ascension
Thursday and Pentecost Sunday: Gracious Father, pour out Your
Spirit upon Your people, and grant us a new vision of Your Glory, a
new experience of your power, A new consecration to your service,
That your love may grow among us, and your kingdom come; through
Christ our Lord, Amen
the Seven Gift 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.
Novena to the Holy Spirit [ext
“This is the
mystery of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit
and, on revealing Christ crucified and risen, indicates the way to
become more like him, that is, to be "expression and instrument of
love that comes from him" ("Deus Caritas Est," No. 33). The Church,
gathered with Mary, as at her birth, today implores: "Veni Sancte
Spiritus!" -- "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of thy love!” ~ Pope Benedict VXI,
Pentecost Mass, June 4, 2006
"The Church is
born with the outpouring of the Spirit of reconciliation.
Reconciliation has to be her main task. The apostles, meeting the
risen Christ, are mandated to carry out this task of
reconciliation. They are given peace, and in their turn they are
sent in the power of the Spirit to promote the work of
reconciliation across the world, in all ages." ~ Bishop Christopher
Spirit, come in our cities, in our homes, in our families,
in our glances, in our hearts. Without you, we read books and
do not become wise. Without you, we dialogue much and do not come
closer to one another. Without you, reality consists in dry events,
facts and numbers. Without you, our life falls apart into a
succession of meaningless days. Without you, there is no fidelity.
Without you, our thoughts become delirious. Without you, technology
destroys us. Without you, churches become museums. Without you,
prayer is just babbling. Without you, our smile becomes petrified.
Without you, our environment becomes a desert. Come, Holy Spirit,
our emptiness cries after your fullness! Come, Spirit Creator, make
your dwelling in our world!" (reminder medcom05_03.htm to be re-linked after L12
Benedict XVI encourages the faithful to rediscover the beauty of
being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized
in the Holy Spirit; let us be aware again of our baptism and of our
confirmation, sources of grace that are always present." 5/13/2008
Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org) Vatican City
made this invitation today from the window of his study before
praying the Regina Caeli with thousands of people gathered in St.
Peter's Square. The Holy Father gave his traditional Sunday
greeting shortly after finishing the celebration of Mass for the
feast of Pentecost.
The Pontiff first noted that Pentecost was an ancient Hebrew feast
that became a Christian feast on account of the Holy Spirit's
descent upon Mary and the disciples in the Upper Room that day, 50
days after the Resurrection.
"In effect, Jesus' whole mission was aimed at giving the Spirit of
God to men and baptizing them in the 'bath' of regeneration," the
"This was realized through his glorification, that is, through his
death and resurrection: Then the Spirit of God was poured out in a
super-abundant way, like a waterfall able to purify every heart, to
extinguish the flames of evil and ignite the fire of divine love in
"The Acts of the Apostles present Pentecost as a fulfillment of
such a promise and therefore as the crowning moment of Jesus' whole
mission. After his resurrection, he himself ordered his disciples
to stay in Jerusalem, because, he said, 'In a short time you will
be baptized in the Holy Spirit'; and he added: 'You will have the
power of the Holy Spirit, who will descend upon you and you will be
my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all of Galilee and Samaria unto the
ends of the earth.'"
Church's baptism: Benedict XVI said that Pentecost is thus, "in a
special way, the baptism of the Church who undertakes her universal
mission beginning from the streets of Jerusalem with prodigious
preaching in the different languages of humanity."
"In this baptism of the Holy Spirit," the Pope continued, "the
personal and communal dimensions -- the 'I' of the disciple and the
'we' of the Church -- are inseparable. The Spirit consecrates the
person and at the same time makes him a living member of the
mystical body of Christ, participant in the mission to witness to
This consecration and insertion into the mystical body of Christ,
"is actualized through the sacraments of Christian initiation:
baptism and confirmation," he said.
"In my message for World Youth Day 2008, I invited young people to
rediscover the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives and,
therefore, the importance of these sacraments," the Holy Father
"Today I would like to extend this invitation to everyone: Let us
rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized
in the Holy Spirit; let us be aware again of our baptism and of our
confirmation, sources of grace that are always present.
"Let us ask the Virgin Mary to obtain a renewed Pentecost for the
Church again today, a Pentecost that will spread in everyone the
joy of living and witnessing to the Gospel."
Spirit. Fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle is us the fire
of Your Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew
the face of the earth.
Oh, God, Who by the Light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the
hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may
be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ
our Lord. Amen"
Leader - Come, Holy Spirit, fill the
hearts of your faithful
All - And kindle in them the fire of your love
Leader - Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be
All - And you will renew the face of the
Leader - Let us pray (pause)
ALL - Lord, by the light of the Holy
Spirit, you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same
Spirit help us to love what is right and always rejoice in your
consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the
fire of your love.
Through the diversity of many languages you have brought the
nations together in the unity of the faith.
Spirit, replace the tension within me with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within me with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within me with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within me with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within me with a sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within me with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within me with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within me with your light.
Straighten our crookedness, fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride. Sharpen the edge of our
Light the fires of our love. Quench the flames of our
Let us see ourselves as You see us.
That we may see You as You have promised,
and be fortunate according to your word!
COME, Holy Spirit,
come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, your well beloved spouse. X3
Most Holy Spirit,
open my heart, soften it, and fill it with light and love so that I
may understand clearly and act for my own spiritual benefit and for
the delight of my Heavenly Mother, Your Beloved Spouse. May I stay
under Your guidance so that, free of all worldly desires and
distractions, I may grow in wisdom and prudence enough to follow
perfectly the wishes of the Most Blessed Trinity.
April 17, 1986 "...! You are absorbed with material things, but in
the material you lose everything that God wishes to give you. I
call you, dear children, to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit
which are necessary for you now in order to be able to give witness
to my presence here and to all that I am giving you. Dear children,
let go to me so I can lead you completely. Don't be absorbed with
material things. ..."
of May 23, 1985 "Dear children, during these days I call you to
especially open your hearts to the Holy Spirit, who is working
through you. Open your hearts and surrender your lives to Jesus so
that He can work through your hearts and strengthen you in faith."
(Medjugorje message 23/5/85)
of May 25, 2009 "Dear children! In this time, I call you all to
pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon every baptized
creature, so that the Holy Spirit may renew you all and lead you on
the way of witnessing your faith – you and all those who are far
from God and His love. I am with you and intercede for you before
the Most High. Thank you for having responded to my
- giver of Life - Who didst
overshadow Mary that she might become the Mother of Jesus our
Saviour, do thou likewise work silently within my heart. To form
within me, the fullness of his redeemed and redeeming
humanity. Give me His loving heart to burn with love for God
and love for men, Give me a share, In his joy and His sorrow, his
weakness and his strength, His labour for the world's salvation.
May Mary blessed among women, mother of our Saviour, Pray for me,
that Christ may be formed in me, That I may live in a union of
heart & with Jesus Christ her Son, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
~ Cheslyn Jones
of Fr. Cormac Breathnach's sermon on Pentecost Sunday,
This is the
birthday of the Church. Today we celebrate the fact that Jesus who
has been stronger than life and death, Jesus who is stronger than
sin and failure and limitation, Jesus has risen and now is no
longer with us in the way he was with his friends in Galilee and in
Judea. Now he sends us The Spirit and sends us, Spirit filled
people out into a world which wants to know Jesus. Jesus Christ
wants to reach out to all peoples. You and I are the answer to that
desire of Christ.
makes today's feast such a joyful one and also such almost
terrifyingly challenging. Christ wants to be present in the world,
we are the answer. We are the answer to Christ's desire to reach
out to the people of Penzance, to the people of the Penwith, to the
People of the Parishes we represent here in our gathering
Zovko's homily at St. Paschal's Church (Thousand Oaks,
We will invoke
to Our Lord, Come Holy Spirit, Oh come Holy Spirit, you who make
peace for each other in our hearts. Fill our hearts with peace,
give me Your love that I may give and wish well for all, that I
desire to pray good, and give blessings and peace to ever
Come Holy Spirit, you who prays, pour yourself out in prayer into
my heart, that my heart may heal the hungry and thirsty. Come most
Holy Spirit, you with the power that strengthens all. Come embrace
me today, change me today, I have come to be happy. I have come to
become closer to the Mother, I have come to give Her joy and
Come Holy Spirit, Come and change me, Come and bless me, Come and
Come most Holy Spirit. We invoke you most Holy Spirit.
(Song, "Spirit of the Living God...") (see above)
Come Holy Spirit, Come you Who are love, today I want to become
love. I want to leave behind every conflict, and every bad
thought. Come Holy Spirit, come into my heart, renew all that
is in my heart, in my relationships, in my neighbours, renew love
Come most Holy Spirit, your Mother together with the Church prays
turn sound on to
hear the music on some of the following
Spirit of God
(to the tune of the 'Skye Boat
external links (now
broken & left for searching):- O Spirit of the living God
(Montgomery) | O Spirit of the living God
Spirit of the
living God, fall afresh on me /us / them;
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me /us / them;
Break me /us / them; Melt me /us / them; Mould me /us / them; Fill
me /us / them;
(Alternative line:- Melt me/us/them; Mould me/us/them; Fill
me/us/them; Use me/us/them);
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me/us/them.
Spirit of the living
Move among us all.
Make us one in heart in mind,
Make us one in love.
Humble, caring, selfless, sharing,
Spirit of the living God,
Fill our lives with love. (not known if also by
Spirit of Faith, Come
Down - Charles Wesley |
HymnSite.com - Suggested
Hymns for day of Pentecost
LINKS & Articles (external sites open a new window or
Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
The Story of the Duquesne Weekend as told by participants David
Mangan and Patti Gallagher Mansfield on the occasion of the 53rd
Anniversary Weekend - watch here
In past years,
Life in the Spirit seminars ran between Easter and Pentecost mainly
in Truro but occasionally in Penzance and Falmouth.
Watch Pentecost 2020 (virtual) Life in the
Spirit Sessions from The Ark and the
Dove worldwide website - session 1 'God’s
2 'Salvation'; session 3
'The New Life'; session 4
'Receiving God's Gift'; session 5
'Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit'; session 6
7 'Transformation in Christ'. nb each has same intro
so you might skip forward 3 mins after the first
The Significance of
Pentecost - a 2020 Redemptorist Publications spiritual
resource, 35 minutes public presentation in which Fr Denis McBride
C.Ss.R. reflects on the Significance of Pentecost - or listen on
Cor et Lumen Christi
Catholic Charismatic community (with Damian Stayne, also see
Church England and Wales: Pentecost Novena 2020, nine days of
intercessory prayer for evangelisation and renewal of the Church:
visit CCEW's YouTube
Channel for other days and much more.
to the Holy Spirit
Keep Praising NSC
Chair Maria Heath exhorts us to keep praising during these
uncertain times of lockdown - and to be confident in the victory
Jesus has won for us. --- Catholic
in the Spirit - WGBD Steps to Faith No. 20
Shamelessly for the Holy Spirit' by Roy Hendy. | browse
CCR Pentecost articles and other CCR 'Goodnews'
from "Heart Breathings" By Leonard Ravenhill
on Wikipedia |
Pentecost - catholicism.about.com | Christian Resource Institute - Pentecost