Novena, which comes from the Latin word novem (nine), is a prayer for nine consecutive days. The novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas that began when Jesus Himself directed His apostles to go back to Jerusalem to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.
We need the power of the Holy Spirit to be faithful to our call to build our family as a domestic church as in a new Pentecost. This Novena to the Holy Spirit is presented specifically to enter into that prayer for a new Pentecost. We implore God for this grace for ourselves, our family, and for the Church.
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, which is a meditation on Jesus’ Holy Spirit-empowered public ministry, will be our guide.
How to use this novena
Prayerfully read the prescribed daily Scripture, reflection, and prayer, followed by praying one “Our Father,” one “Hail Mary,” one “Glory Be”, and conclude with the Prayer to the Holy Spirit:
“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. Amen.”
Day 1 Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan
Luke 3:21-22 …Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Reflect: Jesus received the Holy Spirit in bodily form at His baptism. Jesus’ identity was revealed through a voice from above declaring “… you are my beloved Son. On you my favor rests.” The Spirit not only appeared, but the Spirit came to rest upon Jesus (John 1:32). Likewise, the Spirit rests on or dwells in us. See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called children of God. So we are. (1 John 3:2).
Pray: Holy Spirit, I received you in Baptism, and now I ask you to awaken me to your presence and power in my life. Please release the love of God the Father into my heart, so that I can understand who I am as a child of God. Make me poor in spirit every day so as to fully trust Abba, my Father.
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. Amen.