After the Ascension of our Lord, the Apostles and Mary gathered in the Upper Room to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. In 11897, Pope Leo XIII asked that, every year, the whole church pray a novena to the Holy Spirit in the nine days leading up to Pentecost.
HOW TO PRAY THIS NOVENA
Begin on Friday, May 11 and end on the Feast of Pentecost, May 20
Start with the Sign of the Cross. Pray the Opening Prayer & the daily Scripture reading. Spend a few moments in silent reflection. Finally, pray the Closing Prayer & the Pentecost Sequence.
DAILY OPENING PRAYER
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 rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
DAILY CLOSING PRAYER
Come Holy Spirit, 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 the successors of St. Peter and the Apostles, it may advance the reign of our Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.
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 labor, 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. Amen. Alleluia.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Day 1 - May 11 Joel 3:1-2
Day 2 - May 12 Isaiah 44:3-5
Day 3 - May 13 Ezekiel 11:19-20
Day 4 - May 14 Ezekiel 36:25-29
Day 5 - May 15 Ezekiel 37:1-14
Day 6 - May 16 Isaiah 11:1-4
Day 7 - May 17 Isaiah 61:1-3
Day 8 - May 18 Romans 8:11-18
Day 9 - May 19 Acts 2:1-5