Nine Hour Novena
to the Holy Spirit
the Seven Gifts
Come. Father of the poor.
Come, treasures which endure;
Come, Light of all that live!
The Gift of Fear
The Gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God,
and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin.
It is a fear that arises,
not from the thought of hell,
but from sentiments of reverence
and filial submission to our Heavenly Father.
It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom,
detaching us from worldly pleasures
that could in any way separate us from God.
"They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts,
and in His sight will sanctify their souls."
Let Us Pray
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear,
penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee,
my Lord and God, before my face forever.
Help me to shun all things that can offend Thee,
and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven,
where Thou live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity,
God world without end.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it
is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us
our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass
against us, and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at
the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.
Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees before the great multitude of Heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself, soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Thy Purity,
the unerring keenness of Thy Justice,
and the might of Thy Love.
Thou are the Strength and Light of my soul.
In Thee I live and move and am.
I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace
and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.
Mercifully guard my every thought
and grant that I may always watch for Thy Light,
and listen to Thy Voice,
and follow Thy gracious inspirations.
I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee,
by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus
and looking at His Five Wounds,
and trusting in His Precious Blood
and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart,
I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit,
Helper of my infirmity,
to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee.
Give me grace, O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Father and the Son
to say to Thee always and everywhere,
"Speak Lord for Thy servant heareth."
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ Who,
before ascending into Heaven
did promise to send the Holy Spirit
to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples,
deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me
that He may perfect in my soul,
the work of Thy grace and Thy love.
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
that I may despise the perishable things of this world
and aspire only after the things that are Eternal,
the Spirit of Understanding
to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth,
the Spirit of Counsel
that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,
the Spirit of Fortitude
that I may bear my cross with Thee
and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,
the Spirit of Knowledge
that I may know God and know myself
and grow perfect in the science of the Saints,
the Spirit of Piety
that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable,
and the Spirit of Fear
that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God
and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord,
with the sign of Thy true disciples
and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit.
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