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"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20


The Original Novena

Laura DeMaria

FYI, friends: tomorrow, May 26th, marks the start of the original novena, aka the Pentecost Novena! You can join in here

I love this prayer, both because it is a prayer to our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, and also because I like imagining the scene of its original incarnation. The Pentecost Novena is also called the "original novena" because it took place over the nine days after Jesus's Resurrection while the apostles and His mother waited in the upper room, praying as He asked. They waited nine days - the length of all our novenas, now.

What would you ask the Holy Spirit for? Here are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, if you are developing your relationship with the Advocate, according to St. Paul, whose entire Christian life was a movement of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12):

The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides.

You can also always simply ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and use you for His will during this prayerful time. Here is a simple way to ask His guidance before embarking on these nine days:

"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen."