Novena to the Holy Spirit

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 me 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.

 

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O 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 Holy 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.

 

First Day

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

Almighty and eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Your 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); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Second Day

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

The Gift of   Holy Fear

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 and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Third Day

You, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Do refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety

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); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Fourth Day

You in toil are comfort sweet; Pleasant coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude uphold my soul in time of troubles 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 and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Fifth Day

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit You these hearts of Yours, And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge

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 and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

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

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 of Your Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of You and the Father and the Son. Amen.  Our Father and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Seventh Day

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

The Gift of Counsel

Come, O 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 and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Eighth Day

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

The Gift of Wisdom

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 forever. Amen. Our Father and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Ninth Day

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

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your heavenly fruits, Your Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindliness, Goodness, Faith, Mildness, and Temperance, that I may never weary on 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 and Hail Mary (once); Glory be to the Father (seven times); Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Seven Gift of the Holy Spirit