Day 1 - Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church
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Day 1 Novena Reflection
After His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples over forty days and "charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father" He said, "John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Right before He ascended to the Father, he told them "you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1)
And, they did what Jesus said.
That power of the Holy Spirit, dunamis in Greek, from which we derive the English word dynamite, was explosive. It equipped them to continue the redemptive mission of Jesus, as members of His Body, the Church.
Through our Baptism, we are members of His Body. We are co-missioned to continue His work in our time. We are living in a new missionary age of the Christian Church. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be effective witnesses today!
Let us pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask for that dunamis , that explosive power, to rouse the Universal Church and awaken the domestic church of the Christian family.
Come Holy Spirit, in the fullness of your power, and give us a New Pentecost for a New Missionary Age.
Novena Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters.
Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church.
Our Savior Jesus taught us that "whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."
We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we now turn to you in prayer.
Before He ascended to you, Jesus told His early followers to wait in Jerusalem, seeking the outpouring of Holy Spirit. They did as he directed, gathering together with the Mother of the Lord.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell upon them all, clothing them with power - and equipping them to continue the work and ministry of Jesus Christ.
This once frightened group of men and women then "turned the world upside down with their message." (Acts 17:6)
Led by the Holy Spirit, they left the upper room, and went into the whole world. They proclaimed the Gospel, and did what Jesus did, spreading and revealing His Kingdom.
We ask now for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church in this age, a New Pentecost.
Too often we have acted like the disciples who Paul met in Ephesus who "never even heard that there was a Holy Spirit". (Acts 1)
Come Holy Spirit, come into the Church of Jesus Christ and Awaken her! Fill her Bishops, priests, deacons, ministers - and all her leaders - afresh.
Baptize the whole Body of Christ. Heal the divisions within the Body of Christ.
Come Holy Spirit, Come. Send forth your Fire on the earth!
We also ask for a fresh outpouring on the domestic church of the Christian family.
In an age rejecting the truth of Gods loving plan for the family, Holy Spirit, transform Christian families into a sign of the Kingdom, through your power. Make them into the little platoons which will lead a great Awakening of Christianity and turn the world upside down.
Come Holy Spirit. You reveal the mind of the Lord. You search me, and know me and my needs.
I specifically bring to you now my own personal intention:
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, AMEN
Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful. Come Holy Spirit and Awaken the Church!
May the Blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
come upon you and remain with you forever
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