Novena to the Holy Ghost, Christmas 2018

For our readers who prefer our classic Novena to the Holy Ghost, we offer it again this year.

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits … 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.
Come, Holy Ghost!



Come, Holy Ghost!

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. What better way to prepare for the joyous coming of our beloved Christ Child!

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:
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.”
Prayer
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.

Day 2
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

Colloquy: 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 Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation (as above)
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (as above)

Day 3
Thou of all Consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 4
Thou in toil art Comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 5
Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 6
If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Colloquy: The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 7
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness, pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Colloquy: The Gift of Counsel
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be 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 Catholic 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. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 8
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Colloquy: 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 Savior: “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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 9
Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold Gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Colloquy: The Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The gifts of the Holy Ghost 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 Ghost, 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 Ghost. 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

[This Novena is widely available on the net in slightly varied forms. It was originally composed and disseminated by the Holy Ghost Fathers. In this version, I have used basically the wording of the Novena available from Angelus Press, although the words of the Hymn which is quoted are from another version.]

We are all aware that satan redoubles his efforts most furiously at these times of special joy and grace in the liturgical year. But he is helpless before the Immaculate Mother of God. And as we look to her now, our Blessed Mother points us to her Spouse, the Holy Ghost to prepare us for the coming of our Infant Savior. 

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also, the Holy, which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1, 35)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, intercede for us and for the whole Church!

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.


~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

For Pentecost: Novena to the Holy Ghost

At the Ascension of Our Lord, think how Mary felt, watching her beloved Son and Savior vanish from sight and knowing the long hard task before her. The “Mother of the Church” is not some hollow honorific, but has been earned in suffering which surpasses all telling. As she waited, with the Apostles and Disciples, for the promised  coming of the Holy Ghost, her thoughts returned to the start, and she heard again the Angel’s message,

“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1, 35)

And now, she, our true Mother, Mother of the Church, invites us to watch and pray with her for the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Love of God which prepares us to endure this last most intensive attack on the Church not only from enemies outside the Church but those most treacherous disciples of Judas occupying the seats of power within the Church.  As we watch and pray with Mary, our Mother, consider – it was her love – pure, humble and obedient – which yielded to the most Holy Trinity and brought forth Him who took our flesh and blood for Love – and that Love, pure, humble and obedient saved us, miserable sinners. We were created in love, redeemed in love and now, by the Holy Ghost, sustained in Love. be mindful therefore, that this Love is pure, it is humble and it is obedient!

Note well, that our dear Savior did not give us His Most Pure Mother for vague sentiment. She is Mother of the Church, our Mother specifically because on our own, we cannot achieve the necessary virtues.  With Mary, as we await this coming of the Holy Ghost, return to the beginning. For the Holy Ghost works in us always and only through His most beloved Spouse, the Immaculata. Without her we can do nothing of value at this time. Look around you, what do you see? No, not the disciples of Judas, but among us, among our own faithful.

You see all about us, those who attempt to lead by an arrogant individualism, a kind of worldly assertiveness and above all, without a true devotion to Our Mother’s message of Fatima. The undoing of the harm begun by Lucifer’s disobedience, and the undoing of the harm  that came of Eve’s disobedience was begun by the humble obedience of the Handmaid in Nazareth. Today, let us return with her to the Cenacle and watch and pray for the return of the Spirit of Love and Truth to our hearts and our Church.

These Sacred Nine Days until the Vigil of Pentecost comprised the first Novena to the Holy Ghost. In this prayerful vigil, we ask especially for a greater love for the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of the Church and by His great love and mercy, our Mother as well.

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:
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.”
Prayer
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.
Continue reading “For Pentecost: Novena to the Holy Ghost”

The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 2018

There is an especially poignant message for us today as we honor Our Lord in the Feast of His glorious Ascension into Heaven.

“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)

 

Our reading for today, the Feast of the Ascension of Christ into Heaven is taken from Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his “Life of Christ”.

O Jesus, my treasure, Thou art ascended to Heaven and taken my heart with Thee!

His sacrifice being completed, as He was about to ascend to His Heavenly throne, He raised His hands bearing the imprint of nails. That gesture would be one of the last recollections the Apostles would have, save one. The hands were raised first to heaven and then pulled downward to earth as if to draw down its blessings on men. Pierced hands best distribute benediction. In the Book of Leviticus, after the reading of the prophetical promise of the Messias, there came the high priestly benediction; so too, after showing that all prophecies were fulfilled in Him, He prepared to enter the heavenly sanctuary. Hands that held the sceptre of authority in heaven and on earth now gave the final blessing:

“And even as He blessed them He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven…”  Luke 24:51   “And is seated now at the right Hand of God.” Mark 16:19 “So they bowed down to worship Him, And went back full of joy to Jerusalem, Where they spent their time continually In the temple, praising and blessing God.” Luke 24:52, 53

Had Christ remained on earth, sight would have taken the place of faith. In heaven, there will be no faith because His followers will see; there will be no hope, because they will possess; but there will be love for love endureth forever! His leave-taking of the earth combined the Cross and the Crown that governed the smallest detail of His life. The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet at the base of which is Bethany. He led His Apostles out through Bethany, which meant passing through Gethsemane and the very spot where He wept over Jerusalem.

Not as from a throne, but from a mountain elevated above the garden with the twisted olive trees crimsoned with His Blood, did He give the final manifestation of His Divine power! His heart was not embittered by His Cross, for the Ascension was the fruit of His Crucifixion. As He said, it was fitting that He suffer in order to enter into His glory. In the Ascension the Savior did not lay aside the garment of flesh with which He had been clothed; for His human nature would be the pattern of the future glory of other human natures, which would become incorporated to Him through a sharing of His life. Intrinsic and deep was the relation between His Incarnation and His Ascension. The Incarnation or the assuming of a human nature made it possible for Him to suffer and redeem. The Ascension exalted into glory that same human nature that was humbled to the death. A Coronation upon the earth, instead of an Ascension into heaven, would have confined men’s thoughts of Him to the earth. But the Ascension would cause men’s minds and hearts to ascend above the earth.

In relation to Himself, it was fitting that the human nature which He took as the instrument for teaching, and governing, and sanctifying, should partake of glory as it shared in shame. It was very hard to believe that He, Who was the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief, was the beloved Son in Whom the Father was well pleased. It was difficult to believe that He, Who did not come down from a Cross, could ascend into heaven, or that the momentary glory that shone about Him on the Mount of the Transfiguration was a permanent possession. The Ascension put all such doubts away by introducing His human nature into intimate and eternal communion with God.

The human nature which He took was mocked as a Prophet when they blindfolded Him and asked Him to tell who struck Him; He was mocked as a King when they put upon Him a mock-robe of royalty and gave Him a reed of straw for a sceptre; finally He was mocked as a Priest when they challenged Him, Who was offering Himself as a Victim, to come down from the Cross. By the Ascension His triple office of Teacher,  King, and Priest was vindicated. But the vindication would be complete when He would come in justice as the Judge of men in the human nature which He took from men. No one to be judged could complain that God knows not the trials to which humans are subject. His very appearance as the Son of Man would prove that He had fought the same battles as men and endured the same temptations as those standing at His bar of justice. His judgment would immediately find an echo in hearts.

Another reason for the Ascension was that He might plead in heaven to His Father with a human nature common to the rest of men. He could now, as it were, show the scars of His glory not only as trophies of victory but also as emblems of intercession. The night He went into the garden He prayed, as if He were already at the right hand of the Father in His heavenly abode; He uttered a prayer that was less that of a dying than that of an exalted Redeemer.

“…That the love wherewith Thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them..” John 17:26

While in heaven, He would be not only an Advocate of men with the Father but He would also send the Holy Spirit as man’s Advocate with Him. The Christ at the right hand of the Father would represent humanity before the Father’s throne; the Holy Spirit abiding with the faithful would represent in them the Christ Who went to the Father. In the Ascension, Christ took our necessities to the Father; thanks to the Spirit, Christ the Redeemer would be brought into the hearts of all who would believe in Him. The Ascension would give Christ the right to intercede powerfully for mortals:

“We can claim a great High Priest, and One who has passed right up  through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. It was not as if our High Priest was incapable of feeling for us in our humiliations; He has been through every trial, Fashioned as we are, only sinless.” Hebrews 4:14 .

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ, Kindle Edition.

He has gone before us, to prepare a place for us!

“And I have made known Thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me, may be in them, and I in them.” (Link)

May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you, stregthen you and sustain you always, dear readers, and may Our Lady keep you close to her Immaculate Heart always and bring you safely to eternal joy when all our trials are over.

If you are missing our usual post for the Ascension, please click here

Tomorrow, our post will be our accustomed Novena to the Holy Ghost in preparation for Pentecost.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

  St. Francisco of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Church!

  St. Jacinta of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Pope!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

 

 

Make Straight the Way

As we know, the very first miracle performed by our Lord Jesus Christ was performed through the Blessed Virgin Mary to free John the Baptist from original sin in order to prepare him for his great task as the precursor. Matthew introduces John to us as he trekked through Judea proclaiming:  “Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. … Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  (Matt 3, 2-3)

Today, we offer evensong’s post from a year ago recommending the Novena to the Holy Ghost. If we begin today, we will conclude on the Eve of the greatest of Marian Feasts, the Immaculate Conception of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

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It is only by prayer and fasting, that these demons can be cast out. For make no mistake, the devil is in control in that house run by Ricca. See here, here and here

Where will this all end?

Where Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure Mother have told us. In the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

Think on it and please consider the Novena to the Holy Ghost.  If we want good priests, let us at least pray to deserve them!

Prayers are being answered, faithful prelates are responding to the crisis. In response to requests for devotions for this time of crisis, we suggest the Litany of Our Lady of Victory, the Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the following Novena to the Holy Ghost, any or all should help immensely as we strive to support our holy priests and Bishops in this historical battle for the Faith. If we begin this Novena tomorrow, we shall conclude it on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception,  thus a fitting start for our preparations for the Birth of our Savior, the Light of the World, Who comes to drive out the darkness in His Church.

"Make of us a strong army to defend Thy heritage against Thine enemies."
“Make of us a strong army to defend Thy heritage against Thine enemies.”

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:

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.”

Prayer

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.

Day 2

Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

Colloquy: 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 Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation (as above)
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (as above)

Day 3

Thou of all Consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 4

Thou in toil art Comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 5

Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Colloquy: 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 Thine eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 6

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Colloquy: The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 7

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness, pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Colloquy: The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be 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 Catholic 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. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 8

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Colloquy: 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 Savior: “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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 9

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold Gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Colloquy: The Fruits of the Holy Ghost

The gifts of the Holy Ghost 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 Ghost, 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 Ghost. 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 Thine inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

[This Novena is widely available on the net in slightly varied forms. It was originally composed and disseminated by the Holy Ghost Fathers. In this version, I have used basically the wording of the Novena available from Angelus Press, although the words of the Hymn which is quoted are from another version.]

Today, unfortunately, we see everywhere evidence that satan is redoubling his efforts most furiously. But he is helpless before the Immaculate Mother of God. And as we look to her now, our Blessed Mother points us to her Spouse, the Holy Ghost, to prepare us for the coming purification of the Church. Let us never doubt that God defends His most chaste Bride, the Church no less than He defends His most cherished creature, the Immaculata!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, intercede for us and for the Church!

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ evensong,  for love of the Immaculata
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“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)

O Jesus, my treasure, Thou art ascended to Heaven and taken my heart with Thee!
O Jesus, my treasure, Thou art ascended to Heaven and taken my heart with Thee!

 

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

Day 1:
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.”
Prayer
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.
Continue reading “The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ”

Christmas Novena to the Holy Ghost

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits … 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.

Come, Holy Ghost!
Come, Holy Ghost!

The following Novena to the Holy Ghost was posted originally to prepare us for Pentecost. But now we offer it to prepare us for the gift of the Christ Child at Christmas. If we start tomorrow, December 16, we will conclude December 24, Christmas Eve. I have been struggling for some time with a very necessary post on the importance of devotion to the Divine Infant within the context of our Total Consecration to the Immaculata. Due to many factors but most notably, my own limitations at this time, I am unable to complete it. But in the meantime, this efficacious Novena will prepare us to welcome our Infant Savior into our hearts for this holy Christmas.

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. What better way to prepare for the joyous coming of our beloved Christ Child!

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:
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.”
Prayer
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.

Continue reading “Christmas Novena to the Holy Ghost”

The Ascension of Our Lord

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 wonder.

"Ascending on high, He hath led captivity captive. Alleluia."
“Ascending on high, He hath led captivity captive. Alleluia.”

“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. 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. Let’s join Our Blessed Mother and the Apostles (those true prelates who defend the Church bravely) in awaiting the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost with this Novena to the Holy Ghost, prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Ghost for all the faithful Remnant, especially our priests and prelates.

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:
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 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.”

Prayer
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 cloud 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, looking at 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 with the sin which Thou wilt not forgive.

Grant to me the grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and of 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.

Day 2
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

Colloquy: 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 Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 3
Thou of all Consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 4
Thou in toil art Comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 5
Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Colloquy: 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 6
If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Colloquy: The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 7
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness, pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Colloquy: The Gift of Counsel
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be 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 Catholic 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. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 8
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Colloquy: 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 Savior: “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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 9
Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold Gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Colloquy: The Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The gifts of the Holy Ghost 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 Ghost, 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 Ghost. 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.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.
Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Let us pray this Novena for our Church leaders and for all our good priests, who face such a terrible challenge today, while the dogma of the faith is under such attack as never before seen in the Church.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, intercede for us and for the Church!
Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ evensong ~