Pray the Novena 
to the Holy Spirit


The Easter season is winding down, and soon (June 4) we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  You may be interested in praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit, which begins on Friday, May 26 and continues for nine days.  According to the foreword provided with the Novena, "The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian."

I also came across the Burning Bush Pentecost Novena, which has different meditations and intercessions.  

"Oh, if only... unanimous and fervent prayers could be raised to Heaven in every part of Christendom as they were one in the Cenacle (upper room) of Jerusalem for a rekindling of the Divine Spirit." 

Imagine what would happen if "unanimous and fervent prayers" were raised in every time zone in the world for nine days!  Imagine what would happen if we witnessed to the power of the Holy Spirit in every part of the world throughout the 24 hours of Pentecost Sunday!  Imagine what God could do if we united in prayer and celebration for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world!
(Blessed Elena Guerra )

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Blessed Elena Guerra, founder of the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Lucca, Italy at the end of the nineteenth century, urged Pope Leo XIII to lead the Church back to the Cenacle/Upper Room. From 1895 to 1903, Sr. Elena was led of the Holy Spirit to write twelve confidential letters to the Pope, requesting a renewed preaching on the Holy Spirit.

In her many writings to the Pontiff, she exhorted him to invite the faithful to rediscover life lived according to the Holy Spirit. She called and prayed for a renewal of the Church, the reunion of Christianity, a renewal of society, and thereby "a renewal of the face of the earth". In her heart throbbed the idea of a permanent Pentecost...  

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Also in this article, I was overjoyed to read on page 2 that Cursillo joined JP2 at St. Peter's Square for Pentecost 1998...  Following is an excerpt:

Pope John Paul II called the various ecclesial movements and new communities, born as fruits of the working of the Holy Spirit during this century to join him in St. Peter's Square for the Pentecost vigil.  It was the first gathering of this kind ever to take place and over fifty different ecclesial movements and new communities were represented, including... Cursillo, (Spain)...

Pope John Paul II stated on that historic Pentecost Vigil, "We could say that what took place in Jerusalem two thousand years ago is being renewed this evening in this Square... As the Apostles then, we too find ourselves gathered in a large cenacle of Pentecost, longing for the outpouring of the Spirit...  

(Pope John Paul II said to the crowd) ...Today, from this upper room in St. Peter's Square, a great prayer rises: Come Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth! Come with your seven gifts, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Communion and Love! The Church and the world need you. Come Holy Spirit, and make ever more fruitful the charisms you have bestowed on us. Give new strength and missionary zeal to the sons and daughters of yours who have gathered here. Open their hearts; renew their Christian commitment in the world. Make them courageous messengers of the Gospel, witnesses to the Risen Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of men. Strengthen their love and their fidelity to the Church.  

Let us turn our gaze to Mary, the first disciple of Christ, Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Mother of the Church, who accompanied the Apostles in the First Pentecost, and ask her to help us so that we may learn from her fiat to be docile to the voice of the Spirit.  

Today, from this Square, Christ says to each of you: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole of Creation (Mk 16:15). He is counting on every one of you, and so is the Church. "Lo," the Lord promises, "I am with you always to the end of the age" (Mt 28:20). I am with you. Amen."  

The readings for Pentecost Sunday can be found here:

With prayers,