From your bright, heavenly throne;
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all your own.
You Who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above;
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.
You Who are sevenfold in your grace,
Finger of God's right hand;
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.
Oh! guide our minds with your blest light,
With love our hearts inflame;
And with your strength which never decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath your sacred wing.
Through you may we the Father know,
Through you, the' eternal Son,
And you, the Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in one.
All glory to the Father be, And to His risen Son,
The like to you, great Paraclete.
While endless ages run. Amen.
HOLY Spirit! Lord of light!
From your clear celestial height,
your pure, beaming radiance give:
Come, You Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, You light of all that live!
You, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
[Do] refreshing peace bestow:
You in toil are comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
Light immortal! light divine!
Visit You these hearts of your,
And our inmost being fill.
If You take your grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.
Heal our wounds -- our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend stubborn heart and will;
Melt frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
You on those who evermore
you confess and you adore,
In your sevenfold gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with you on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.
(Commencing on Ascension Day)
THE novena of the Holy Spirit is the chief of all the novenas, because it was the first that was ever celebrated, and that by the holy apostles and the most holy Mary in the supper room, being distinguished by so many remarkable wonders and gifts; principally by the gift of he same Holy Spirit, a gift merited for us by the passion of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus Himself made this known to us when He said to His disciples that if He did not die He could not send us the Holy Ghost: "If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). We know well by faith that the Holy Ghost is the love that the Father and the Eternal Word bear one to the other; and therefore the gift of love which the Lord infuses into our souls, and which is the greatest of all gifts, is particularly attributed to the Holy Ghost. As St. Paul says, "The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us" (Rom. 5:5). In this novena, therefore, we must consider, above all, the great value of divine love, in order that we may desire to obtain it, and endeavor, by devout exercises, and especially by prayer, to be made partakers of it, since God has promised it to him who asks for it with humility:
"Your Father from heaven will give the good Spirit to them that ask Him" (Luke xi. 13). [During this novena no particular form of prayer is required. Any prayer to the Holy Ghost will suffice.]
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Church
HOLY Spirit, Creator, propitiously help the Catholic Church, and by your supernal power strengthen and confirm it against the assaults of the enemy; by your charity and grace renew the spirit of your servants whom you have anointed, that in you they may glorify the Father and His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Short Prayer to the Holy Spirit.
HOLY Spirit, Spirit of truth, come into our hearts; give to all peoples the brightness of your light, that they may be well-pleasing to you in unity of faith.
O HOLY Spirit, O my God, I adore you, and acknowledge, here in your divine presence, that I am nothing and can do nothing without you. Come, great Paraclete, you father of the poor, you comforter the best, fulfill the promise of our blessed Savior, Who would not leave us orphans, and come into the mind and the heart of your poor, unworthy creature, as you did descend on the sacred day of Pentecost on the holy Mother of Jesus and on His first disciples. Grant that I may participate in those gifts which you did communicate to them so wonderfully, and with so much mercy and generosity. Take from my heart whatever is not pleasing to you, and make of it a worthy dwelling-place for yourself. Illumine my mind, that I may see and understand the things that are for my eternal good. Inflame my heart with pure love of you, that it may be cleansed from the dross of all inordinate attachments, and that my whole life may be hidden with Jesus in God. Strengthen my will, that it may be made conformable to your divine will, and be guided by your holy inspirations. Aid me by your grace to practice the divine lessons of humility, poverty, obedience, and contempt of the world, which Jesus taught us in His mortal life.
Oh rend the heavens, and come down, consoling Spirit! that inspired and encouraged by you, I may faithfully comply with the duties of my state, carry my daily cross most patiently, and endeavor to accomplish the divine will with the utmost 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 can not give. Bless our Holy Father the Pope, bless the Church, bless our bishops, our priests, all Religious Orders, and all the faithful, that they may be filled with the spirit of Christ, and labor earnestly for the spread of His kingdom.
O Holy Spirit, you Giver of every good and perfect gift, grant me, I beseech you, the intentions of this novena. May your will be done in me and through me. May you be praised and glorified forevermore! Amen.
ON my knees, before the multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to you Eternal Spirit of God! I adore you, great God, and acknowledge your dominion over me.
You are the light and the strength of my soul. In you I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve you by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against you. Make me faithful in every thought, and grant that I may always listen to your voice, watch for your light, and follow your gracious inspirations. I cling to you, and give myself to you, and ask you, by your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, and looking at His five wounds, trusting in His precious blood, and adoring His sacred Heart, lacerated for love of me, I implore you, Holy Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in your grace that I may never sin against you with the sin which you cannot not forgive. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to you, always. and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."
"I Believe in the Holy Spirit" in the Catechism.