The Novena for Pentecost is a 9 day prayer leading up to Pentecost Sunday. It starts today. Each day I will post the intentions and scripture readings to ponder.
The Novena prayer follows the same pattern each day…
Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope Saint John XXIII’s prayer:
Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.
Grant to your Church that,
being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
and following the lead of Blessed Peter,
it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour,
the reign of truth and justice,
the reign of love and peace. Amen
Come, Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.
Follow the daily theme by taking some by reflecting upon the Scriptures.
Pray for the specific intercession.
Conclude each day with the Pentecost Sequence:
Come, Holy Spirit, come,
and from your celestial home
shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Father of the poor,
Come, source of all our store.
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of all comforters best;
You the soul’s most welcome guest.
Sweet refreshment here below.
In our labour, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most Blessed Light Divine,
shine within these hearts of thine,
and our inmost being fill.
Where you are not, we have naught.
Nothing good in deed or thought.
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will.
Melt the frozen, warm the chill.
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore.
And confess you, evermore.
In Your sevenfold gift descend.
Give us virtue’s sure reward.
Give us your salvation, Lord.
Give us joys that never end.