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Novena to the Holy Ghost For the Seven Gifts

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Novena to the Holy Ghost

For the Seven Gifts

FOREWORD

The Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit

is the oldest of all the Novenas.

It was authored at the direction of Our Lord Himself

when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem

to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.

It is still the only Novena officially prescribed by the Church.

Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity,

it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love

so sorely needed by every Christian.

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.

FIRST DAY (Friday, 6th 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

SECOND DAY (Saturday, 6th 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

THIRD DAY (7th 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 affection 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 labor.

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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

FOURTH DAY (Monday, 7th 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 undertake 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

FIFTH DAY (Tuesday, 7th 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 pretense 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, 7th 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

EIGHTH DAY (Friday, 7th 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 savor,

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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

NINTH DAY (Saturday, 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.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 7 Glory Be…

Say the Act of Consecration, and

Say the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

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