During that first Novena of Pentecost in Jerusalem 2000 years ago the disciples also made an important discernment to fill in the missing place of Judas. Let us pray that the Church in our time may be also open to discern the sign of times in the light of the Gospel.
from thy bright heavenly throne.
Come take possession of our souls
and make them all thy own
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above;
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.
Thou who art sevenfold in thy gifts,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts enflame,
and with thy strength which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our deadly foe,
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.
Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee the eternal Son;
and thee, the Spirit of them both,
thrice blessed Three in One.
All glory to the Father be,
with his co-equal Son;
the same to thee, great Paraclete,
while endless ages run. Amen.
So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Come O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, you have taught the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit;
grant that by the same Spirit we may
be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in his consolation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of your grace and love.
Grant us the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward you.
Grant us the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfilment in the service of God while serving others.
Grant us the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with you and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation.
Grant us the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you and know ourselves and grow in holiness.
Grant us the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of your truth.
Grant us the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom.
Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever. Teach us to be your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen.