Novena of the Holy Spirit: Pentecost in Our Time - Day Nine
The following novena is based on traditional prayers, and is centered on the gifts associated with the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord). These form a supernatural framework through which the Holy Spirit moves us from within, by conforming us to the very mode of his own action. Also reflected in the novena are the so-called “fruits” or perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as a pledge of eternal glory. These are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. Both the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are ordered to the mission we have as baptized Christians to live and proclaim our new life in Christ.
Ninth Day: Lord and Giver of Life, Paraclete - Saturday, May 10, 2008 (Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter)
Leader: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
Response: Enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Leader: Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
Response: And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Leader: In the Trinitarian plan of our salvation, the Father draws us to the Son, whom the Holy Spirit reveals and disposes us to welcome. As “the Lord and Giver of Life,” the Holy Spirit brings about our rebirth in Baptism as the Father’s adopted children in Christ and as sharers in divine life. Jesus calls the indwelling Holy Spirit our “Paraclete,” which literally means “one who stands beside us” as a counselor, consoler, advocate and friend. Finally, the Holy Spirit leads the Church into “all the truth,” and is the source and dynamic force of the Church’s unity and mission. It is no wonder, then, that in every age the fruitfulness of the Church depends on the renewal of the mystery of Pentecost in the minds and hearts of believers. This is the renewal that we seek in our novena. May the Holy Spirit rekindle the grace of baptism and Confirmation in every Catholic of our diocese, so that all may live the Christian life with fervor and zeal.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Spirit of the Father, Spirit of Love, enlighten us, strengthen us, guide us, comfort us. Spirit of the Father and of the Son: You who pray and act in us, make us know the Father by contemplating his Son so that we may proclaim that they are love. Make our life a sign of love. Make us a living word, a sanctifying presence, a consecration of the world to the Father of every gift, to the Father of all love. Amen.
Leader: Mary, Star of Evangelization,
Response: Pray for us.
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