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Novena to the Holy Spirit
for
the Seven Gifts









   The Holy Spirit     






Novena to the Holy Spirit
for
the Seven Gifts




Day Four



Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
solace in the midst of woe.


The Gift of Fortitude


By the Gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty.

Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation.

"He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."


Let Us Pray

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.




Closing Prayers


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. (7 times)





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." Amen.






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. Amen.