Parish Novena in Preparation for Pentecost

Novena Each Day

Beginning Saturday 11th May

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.

The opening Prayer is followed by the Scripture reading, reflection and short prayer for each day given  


Then the concluding Prayer

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen

Day 1

Intention: For the Gift of faith

'These are the signs that will be associated with believers'

From Mark 16:15-20

For Reflection

What are the signs that I am a person of faith?


Holy Spirit may the presence of Jesus shine through my words and actions each day.

Day 2

Intention: For the Gift of Joy

Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.

From John 16:23-28

For Reflection

Do I radiate the Joy of living the Gospel of Jesus?


Holy Spirit fill me with the Joy of the Gospel. 

Day 3

Intention: For the gift of Hope

In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.’

From John 16:29-33

For Reflection

Am I a person of Hope even in the midst of troubles and difficulties? 


Holy Spirit fill my heart with the gift of Hope born of Jesus' resurrection.

Day 4

Intention: For the Gift of Friendship

You are my friends, if you do what I command you.

From John 15:9-17

For Reflection

Do you value your freindship with the Lord and others?


Holy Sprit help me to grow in freindship with Jesus and those wtih whom I shere this world

Day 5

Intention: For the Gift of Knowledge

Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.

From John 17:11-19

For Reflection

Do you nourish your life with the Word of God on a regular basis?


Holy Spirit may the Truth that is Christ set me free

Day 6 

Intention: For the Gift of Unity

May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you,

From John 17:20-26

For Reflection

Jesus desires unity among his disciples. Am I a person of unity and communion?


Holy Spirt may I always be an instrument of unity. Heal all divison in me and my relationships

Day 7

Intention: For the Gift of Love

‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’

From John 21:15-19

For Reflection

Do I show Love of the Lord in looking after others in feeeding them with the food of empathy and compassion?   


Holy Spirit may my heart burn with Love for God and my sisters and brothers

Day 8

Intention: For the Gift of Gratitude

There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written.

From John 21:20-25

For Reflection

Do I take for granted the action of God in my life? Am I a person of gratitude?


Holy Spirit give me a grateful heart like Mary for all the marvels the Lord has done in and throguh me. Holy is his Name. 

Day 9 

Intention: For the Gift of Peace

'Receive the Holy Spirit'

From John 20:19-23

For Reflection

The Holy Spirit is the source of peace and forgiveness. Do I forgive? Am I a peacemaker? 


Holy Spirit fill my heart with the Peace of Christ. Make me an instrument of your Peace