Friday after Ascension
Thursday thru Saturday, the Vigil of Pentecost
This is the prototype of all novenas. It commemorates the nine days between the Ascension
of Our Lord
and the descent of the Holy Ghost
on the first Pentecost
Sunday. During this time
Our Lady and the twelve Apostles
prayed in the Cenacle for the coming of the Paraclete. Our Lord
Himself instituted this novena, and it is celebrated every year by the whole Church.
Primary Intention: Like the Apostles, we pray that the Holy Ghost will
come into our lives and set the Church and faithful on fire with true Apostolic zeal.
Secondary Intention: On Pentecost Sunday
every year, we renew our consecration
as prescribed by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. On this solemn occasion, we pray that we may be true to our consecration
and live it ever more faithfully during the year to come. Every member of the Crusade should feel that he or she has a special obligation
to make this novena.
Form for the novena: State the intentions given above, and then open your heart to God
the Holy Ghost
in this prayer:
O Holy Ghost, O my God, I adore Thee, and acknowledge, here in Thy divine presence, that I am nothing and can do nothing without Thee. Come, great Paraclete, Thou father of the poor, Thou comforter the best, fulfil the promise of our blessed Savior, Who would not leave us orphans, and come into the mind
and the heart of Thy poor, unworthy creature, as Thou didst descend on the sacred day of Pentecost
on the holy Mother of Jesus
and on His first disciples. Grant that I may participate in those gifts
which Thou didst communicate to them so wonderfully, and with so much mercy and generosity. Take from my heart whatever is not pleasing to Thee, and make of it a worthy dwelling-place for Thyself. Illumine my mind, that I may see and understand the things that are for my eternal good. Inflame my heart with pure love of Thee, that I may be cleansed from the dross of all inordinate attachments, and that my whole life
may be hidden with Jesus
in God. Strengthen my will, that I may be made comformable to Thy divine will, and be guided by Thy holy inspirations. Aid me by Thy grace
to practice the divine lessons of humility, poverty, obedience, and contempt of the world, which Jesus
taught us in His mortal life.
Oh, rend the heavens, and come down, consoling Spirit! that inspired and encouraged by Thee, I may faithfully comply with the duties of my state, carry my daily cross most patiently, and endeavor to accomplish the divine will
with the utmost perfection. Spirit
of love! Spirit
of purity! Spirit
of peace! Sanctify my soul
more and more, and give me that heavenly peace which the world cannot give. Bless our Holy Father the Pope, bless the Church, bless our bishops, our priests, all Religious Orders, and all the faithful, that they may be filled with the spirit
and labor earnestly for the spread of His kingdom.
O Holy Ghost, Thou Giver of every good
and perfect gift, grant me, I beseech Thee, the intentions of this novena. May Thy will
be done in me and through me. Mayest Thou be praised and glorified forevermore! Amen.
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