The First Novena

The First Novena – by Father Tom Euteneuer

Have you ever wondered when the first Novena was prayed?

Look no farther than chapters 1 and 2 of the Acts of the Apostles to see that the disciples were gathered together in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, with Mary, waiting and praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the promised Gift of the Lord.

They had been there since Ascension Thursday praying the Church’s very first novena!

Despite the modern anomaly of moving Ascension to a Sunday, the Church repeats that original novena every year in preparation for the coming of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Sanctifier.

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It’s Time To Pray the Pentecost Novena


Novena to God the Holy Spirit
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Pray especially starting on the day after Ascension Thursday, ending on the Pentecost (June 3rd through June 11th)

First Day:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Second Day:
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end.
Amen.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Third Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority.
Amen.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Fourth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Fifth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Sixth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Seventh Day:
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Eighth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Ninth Day:
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Submitted by Doria2

Pentecost was a major Jewish Feast Day long before it became a Christian one

The first Novena

Immaculate Conception?

Q: Immaculate Conception?

With science being to the point it is now, immaculate conception is now possible and even used on a daily base. Wouldn’t it seem more as an improbability then a miracle ?

A: You are obviously confused.

The Immaculate Conception refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s own conception (absent original sin, full of grace) in her own mother’s womb, via normal heterosexual intercourse.

Jesus’ birth, as a result of his conception in Mary’s virginal womb, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is an entirely different matter.

Do you see Church tradition just like a family or a cultural tradition?

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 Q: Do you see Church tradition just like a family or a cultural tradition?

A: God took the trouble of sending his divine son Jesus, who died for us, and who established ONE holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, for the purpose of our salvation.

Then he assigned the Holy Spirit as the constant advocate and guide of that church.

Sacred Tradition is the way the Holy Spirit guides the authentic Church, from age to age.

Everything and anything else has about as much religious significance as April Fool’s Day.