Family Prayer Ministry Of The Holy Spirit

Renewing Families through Intercession

Novena To The Holy Spirit

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22)

The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,and so man became a living being (Gen 2:7)

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.

Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth.

 

Let Us Pray

O God, whom by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of Your faithful,

 grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

 

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit 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. 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 Your 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 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, the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord 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.
(To be recited daily)

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord(Is 11:2).

 

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your Light and listen to your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening." Amen.
(To be recited daily)

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my spirit (Is 42:1).

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind (Lk 4:18).

 

FIRST DAY

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height,
Your pure beaming radiance give!

THE HOLY SPIRIT

   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 Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gift, he enlightens the mind; He 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 helps our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asks for us."

PRAYER

   Almighty and Eternal God, Who has promised to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all sins, send forth from heaven upon us Your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Know-ledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Jesus answered and said, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above" (Jn 3:3).

 

SECOND DAY

Come, Father of the poor! Come, treasures which endure!
Come, Light of all that live!

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 You, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, which is formed with the faithful in the womb; watch and pray! (Sir 1:12; Mk 14:38).

 

THIRD DAY

Thou, of consolers’ the best, Visiting the troubled breast,
Does refreshing peace bestow.

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, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!" (Gal 4:6).

 

FOURTH DAY

Thou in toil are comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

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 You, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses (Act 1:8).

 

FIFTH DAY

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

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 possesses 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 Your glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to You, and Your eternal rewards. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Jesus then said to those who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (Jn 8:31-32).

 

SIXTH DAY

If You take Your grace away, Nothing pure in man will stay,
All his good is turned to ill.

THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING

   Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, 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 Blessed 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 Your Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of You and the Father and the Son. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

 

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones (Eph 1:18).

 

SEVENTH DAY

Heal our wounds--our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away!

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 Christian 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 your way in truth."

PRAYER

   Come, O Blessed Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Your 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 Your Commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

 

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you (Jn 14:26)

Do whatever He tells you (Jn 2:5).

 

EIGHTH DAY

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

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, while the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: "Take up your cross and follow Me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light."

PRAYER

   Come, O Blessed 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 forever. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Now this is eternal life  that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ (Jn 17:3).

 

NINTH DAY

You, on those who evermore, You confess and you adore,
In Your sevenfold gifts descend: Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen.

THE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

   The gifts of the Holy Spirit 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 Spirit, 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 Spirit. 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 Your heavenly fruits, your 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 your inspiration may merit to be united eternally with you in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, 1x; Glory Be, 7xs; Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit (Jn 12:24).

 

 

 

Pentecost Sequence

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

 

Come. Holy Spirit, come!

And from your celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine!

Come. Father of the poor!

Come source of all our store!

Come, within our bosoms shine!

You, of comforters the best;

You, the soul's most welcome guest;

Sweet refreshment here below:

In our labor, rest most sweet;

Grateful coolness in the heat:

Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,

Shine within these hearts of your,

And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, man has naught,

Nothing good in deed or thought,

Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour your dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away;

Bend the stubborn heart and will'

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore

And confess you, evermore

In your sevenfold gift descend:

Give them virtue's sure reward:

Give them your salvation. Lord:

Give them joys that never end. Amen.

Alleluia.

Come Holy Spirit;

Come by means of the powerful intercession of the

Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Your well beloved Spouse. Amen.

 

“O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore You.

Enlighten, guide, strengthen, and console me.

Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it.

I promise to be submissive in everything You ask of me,

and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.

Only show me what is Your will, and give me the grace to do it.”

This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.

– Cardinal Mercier

 

 Pentecost

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire (Mt 3:11)

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

The people are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 'It will come to pass in the last days,' God says, 'that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. Indeed, upon my servants and my handmaids I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. And I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke… and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord' (Acts 2:1-4, 15-19, 21).