BETHEL PARK, PA – May 25, 2017
Pentecost is the birthday of the Church and the founding feast of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. On the Feast of Pentecost, May 27, 1703, Claude Poullart des Places gathered in St. Stephen the Great Church in France with twelve companions to consecrate their community to the Holy Spirit under the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary before the statue of Our Lady of Bonne Deliverance.
In accord with the ancient tradition of the church, the Novena of the Holy Spirit is celebrated between the celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord and the Feast of Pentecost to invoke the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is scripturally based rooted in the experience of the early Church as elaborated for us in the Acts of the Apostles.
The Novena for Pentecost can be viewed in PDF format here.
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The Novena to the Holy Spirit is also available in booklet form in English, Spanish and Vietnamese for $2.00, per copy, including postage. Please inquire about rates for large quantities.
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PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST
Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into heaven, promised to send the Holy Ghost 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.
· 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 ways 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 –