THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Wait and pray to be clothed from on high
The great Novena of the Church: Thursday, May 25th to Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.
DAY THREE MAY 27TH Opening Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples.
You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1) The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.” In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.
I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit. In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days. O Jesus You said to Peter: “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church! O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it. Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)
Day Three Prayer: Remembering the 7-fold Gift
O Lord, in the prophecies of Isaiah 11, it forecast the Anointed One to have a seven-fold (full) outpouring of the Spirit upon Him. You came in the Son Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of this Person of Hope. When You came to the synagogue in Your home town of Nazareth, You announced to all that this prophecy was fulfilled in Yourself. (Luke 4) As You walked fully in the Spirit, You showed us what humankind looks like fully alive to God. Then, as You completed Your Work upon the mysteries of Your Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, You promised to give us the Spirit to abide in us, even He Who lived in Your ministry as the Anointed One. Therefore, we pray for the seven-fold outpouring of the Spirit to enliven us to be Your holy people, living in Your anointing.
Meditate briefly on each gift:
Recall how Jesus claimed this Word was about Him: “The spirit of the Lord shall rest on Him. A spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and reverence (piety), and his delight shall be the fearful awe and wonder of the Lord.” Isaiah 11.
Do you remember what these gifts did offer out to us at Confirmation? And forward into our whole lives?