The following novena to the Holy Spirit commemorates the nine days of prayer between Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles at Pentecost.
Normally, this novena to the Holy Spirit is prayed during the nine days before Pentecost, but can be prayed at other times of the year.
O Holy Spirit, O my God, I adore you and recognize, here in your divine presence, that I am nothing and that I can do nothing without you. Come, great Paraclete, father of the poor, comforter of the best, fulfill the promise of our blessed Saviour, who does not want to leave us orphans, and come into the mind and heart of your poor unworthy creature, as you came down the day of Pentecost on the holy Mother of Jesus and on his first disciples. Allow me to participate in these gifts that you have communicated to them so marvelously, with so much mercy and generosity. Take from my heart what does not please you, and make it a worthy home for you. Illuminate my mind, so that I can see and understand the things that are for my eternal good. Ignite my heart with pure love for you, so that I may be cleansed from the dross of all disordered attachments, and my whole life may be hid with Jesus in God. Strengthen my will, so that I may be brought into conformity with your divine will and be guided by your holy inspirations. Help me by your grace to put into practice the divine lessons of humility, poverty, obedience and contempt of the world, which Jesus taught us in his mortal life.
Oh tear the heavens, and come down, comforting Spirit! that, inspired and encouraged by you, I may faithfully fulfill the duties of my state, patiently carry my daily cross and strive to accomplish the divine will with the greatest 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, so that they may be filled with the spirit of Christ and work fervently for the propagation of his kingdom.
O Holy Spirit, who grants every good and perfect gift, grant me, I beg you, the intentions of this novena. Thy will be done in me and through me. May you be praised and glorified forever!