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Holy Spirit Novena

248We have entered a powerful time of prayer. For nearly 20 years I have taken this time between Ascension and Pentecost to make a novena to the Holy Spirit.

There is no formula to follow, this is your prayer, your conversation with God. What do you need to pray for? This is a time to ask for wisdom, courage, grace, consolation, and healing from the Holy Spirit, but once again, this is your conversation with God, so what do you need to seek from the coming of of Holy Spirit?

Every year, I like to make my daily novena and to listen to Veni Sancte Spiritus from Taize, which I include here. I love the repetitive chant, seeking the coming of the Holy Spirit, the sound of which typically brings me to a place of silence and peace.

Whatever your prayer to the coming of the Holy Spirit might be, find the words of your heart, which may simply be silent waiting, and offer them to God these nine days. Come Holy Spirit, come.

2 Responses

  1. Shalom Fran, thanks for the good song and the accompanying Taize windows.
    Did you hear? Yesterday the Vatican announced the day on which Pope Francis, President Peres, and President Abbas will gather in a room and pray for peace.
    Sunday, June 8! Isn’t that Pentecost??!!
    Imagine if they are huddled in Papa Francesco’s home, praying in Arabic, Hebrew, and Italian or Spanish, and tongues of flame descend on them, Holy Spirit style!! Imagine the possibilities!

    This is what I will be praying for this week. I hope you, too.
    We really need a miracle in order to change things here in the Middle East.

    • Dina! How great to hear from you! Shalom, my friend. And yes, that is Pentecost, which coincides with, although not precisely this year, Shavout. Pentecost, when God gave wisdom through the Holy Spirit, and Shavout, when God gave the Torah.

      We do need to keep praying, and what a gift and privilege it is to pray with you!

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