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Day 4 - Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church

Day 4 Novena Reflection

In the 16th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the disciples He must return to the Father, in order to send the Holy Spirit,

"I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment..."

Jesus continued, "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."

The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church of Jesus Christ in all truth.

One of the ways which that occurs is through her teaching office, which is called the magisterium, from the Latin word for teacher.

There is an assault on the very claim that truth exists today, in this age which Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI referred to as a dictatorship of relativism.

Let us ask for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the leaders of the Church today, so they have the holy boldness, the courage, to defend the deposit of faith.

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Jesus promised "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:32)

Come Holy Spirit, Reveal the Fullness of truth in and through the Church and set us free!


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.

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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:


PAUSE FOR YOUR PRAYER 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!

Final Blessing:

May the Blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
come upon you and remain with you forever

AMEN

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