“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you also may be.” (John, 14, 2, 3)
Forty days after His Resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother, His Apostles and Disciples, to their great awe. But He left them with a promise:
“You shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and even unto the utmost parts of the earth.” And when He had said these things, while they looked on, He was raised up and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they were beholding Him going up into Heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments, who said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking up to Heaven? This Jesus, Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come as you have seen Him going into Heaven.” (Acts 1, 8-11)
Now, that same reading mentions that Jesus commanded His Apostles, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, ‘which you have heard (saith He) by My mouth. For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. (Acts 1, 4-5)
Our Lord’s command to His Apostles that they not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the Holy Ghost might profitably apply to us in these times as well. Jerusalem signifies the Church. And we are here commanded not to leave the Church, but by our constancy, help make her holy, persevering in prayer and penance, awaiting the Holy Ghost. The Apostles and Disciples, and with them Our Blessed Mother herself, remained in Jerusalem and awaited the coming of the Holy Ghost in constant prayer.
From the day after the Ascension to the Eve of Pentecost is nine days, and so this period of waiting for the Holy Ghost was the first Novena to the Holy Ghost. Let’s join Our Blessed Mother and the Apostles (those true priests and bishops loyal to the Church) in awaiting the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost with this Novena prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Ghost for all the faithful remnant, especially our priests and bishops.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST
O Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure and beaming radiance give!
Colloquy: The Holy Ghost
Only one thing is important – eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and especially indifference. The Holy Ghost 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.”
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy 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 and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself body and soul to Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy light, and follow Thy gracious inspirations.
I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee, and I ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, beholding His five wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee.
Grant to me the grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears.” Amen.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Ghost to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy 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 Thy 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 Thee 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;
† 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 Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
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