Novena to the Holy Spirit
26 May – 3 June
Did you know that there is a Novena to the Holy Spirit which leads up to Pentecost Sunday? It is a powerful and moving novena that is meant to help us open ourselves up to the third person of the Holy Trinity. This Novena started on Friday, with themes on Charity, Joy and Peace. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit we can receive God’s message. To follow the novena, visit www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit
In Preparation for Pentcost
How do we seek this new Pentecost in each of our lives, in our communities, and in the life of the Church? How do we prepare for Pentecost so that it isn’t simply an “anniversary” but truly a feast and continues to be a living reality for each of us?
One way to do this is through participation in praying the Pentecost Novena. In 1895, through the prompting of Blessed Elena Guerra, Pope Leo XIII asked that, every year from that point forward, the Catholic faithful would celebrate a solemn novena (9 days of prayer) between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost. The primary intention that Pope Leo XIII asked us to pray for was the unity of all Christians.
In this year, and every other year to come, let’s add the intention to embrace the new Pentecost for a new evangelization. Let’s seek this deeper life in the Spirit so that we will be witnesses to the world, that even in praying the Pentecost Novena, like the apostles in the upper room, we may go forth in Faith with zeal to proclaim the Good News in love.
The Pentecost Novena is prayed beginning the Friday after Ascension Thursday, through the Saturday, Pentecost Vigil, which in 2017 is May 26 – June 3. How can you participate?
- Pray the novena in your own prayer time or with your family.
- Gather together in your prayer group to pray the novena and as an opportunity to fellowship.
- Organize the Pentecost Novena in your parish community.
Whether it is a formal event or simply a group of people praying together after daily Mass, this could be a wonderful opportunity for the whole parish.
Extract from Western Washington Charismatic Catholic Renewal