Thursday, June 02, 2011

Pentecost Novena

It begins today! The inaugural novena, if you will: the nine days in which the Apostles and disciples gathered with Mary in prayer after the Ascension of the Lord. They didn't know they were making a novena, but every novena we make is modeled on this one. Does that hint that in every novena, the ultimate grace we seek is for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit? That's what I'm praying for in this Pentecost novena, 2011! I'm asking the Lord to show us today what it looks like for the Holy Spirit to clothe new witnesses with power from on high.
So for the novena, I thought it would be nice to share a Scripture passage that relates to the descent of the Holy Spirit, along with a hymn or prayer in honor of the Holy Spirit.

Day 1:

When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (Acts 1:13-14)
Hymn (from the 12th century!)
  1. Holy Spirit, come and shine
    On our souls with beams divine,
    Issuing from Thy radiance bright.
    Come, O Father of the poor,
    Ever bounteous of Thy store,
    Come, our heart’s unfailing light.
  2. Come, Consoler, kindest, best,
    Come, our bosom’s dearest guest,
    Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.
    Rest in labor, coolness sweet,
    Tempering the burning heat,
    Truest comfort of our woes.
  3. O divinest light, impart
    Unto every faithful heart
    Plenteous streams from love’s bright flood.
    But for Thy blest Deity,
    Nothing pure in man could be;
    Nothing harmless, nothing good.
  4. Wash away each sinful stain;
    Gently shed Thy gracious rain
    On the dry and fruitless soul.
    Heal each wound and bend each will,
    Warm our hearts benumbed and chill,
    All our wayward steps control.
  5. Unto all Thy faithful just,
    Who in Thee confide and trust,
    Deign the sevenfold gift to send.
    Grant us virtue’s blest increase,
    Grant a death of hope and peace,
    Grant the joys that never end.

1 comment:

Ruth Ann said...

Sister Anne, thank you for posting this novena. I will participate. I will join you with your petition plus a personal one on behalf of my daughter.