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Pentecost Novena - Day 1
St. Philip Neri

Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 47
John 16:20-23

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the holy spirit novena

The "time has come." —John 16:21

Today we begin nine days of prayer for the Holy Spirit, as the apostles did in the upper room before the first Pentecost. We need this time to prepare the way for the Spirit. Possibly you're afraid of receiving the Spirit, but "the Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise" (2 Tm 1:7). Jesus commands: "Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced, for I am with you" (Acts 18:9-10).

Come, Holy Spirit! Maybe you've lost a spouse, parent, child, or loved one through death and you're too hurt to think of anything else, even the Holy Spirit. You grieve, "weep and mourn while the world rejoices" (Jn 16:20). Talk to Jesus about the death, the pain, and the loss. Ask Him questions. One day "you will have no questions to ask" Him (Jn 16:23). The Father and Son will send the Spirit to guide you to all truth (Jn 16:13). Come, Holy Spirit!

Will you stop right now and make a decision about waiting and praying for the Spirit in the next nine days? Seek God's will; write down how you believe He wants you to pray during these nine days. Pray and obey. Believe and receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Father, give me the grace to pray in these next nine days as I never have before.

Promise:  "You are sad for a time, but I shall see you again; then your hearts will rejoice with a joy no one can take from you." —Jn 16:22

Praise:  St. Philip Neri was led by his confessor to become a priest at age thirty-five.

Reference:  (It is always the right time for a new Pentecost. Order our leaflet Pentecost Novena or our tape on audio AV 103-1 or video V-103.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005

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