Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.

I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.

I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants.

Amen.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Continued Closures

Continued Closures

Because the Archdiocese is maintaining closures, St. Jane will remain closed on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

ALL Catholic school-based Summer Camps, meaning any summer camp housed on the campus of a Catholic school in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes will be CLOSED Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

ALL Catholic school-based early childhood learning centers/daycare centers in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes will be CLOSED Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

The office will reopen Friday at 8:30am.

Masses will continue, with 8am daily Mass; Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6:30am on Thursday Morning, and 7pm Spanish Mass Thursday evening.

Vacation Bible School will resume Friday, with the closing program scheduled for 11:30am.

Office Closed Weds – 7/21

Office Closed Weds – 7/21

The Parish Office will be closed due to Severe Weather, on June 21, 2017.

Pending further notice, we will reopen at 8:30AM, Thursday June 22, 2017.

While it’s no Katrina – Stay safe, and stay dry!

* WIND: PROTECT AGAINST HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: – DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED MOBILE HOMES. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT. – MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. – A FEW ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM DEBRIS, PARTICULARLY WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS. – SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES. * TORNADOES: PROTECT AGAINST A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: – THE OCCURRENCE OF ISOLATED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. – A FEW PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE, ALONG WITH POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTIONS. – LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS, CHIMNEYS TOPPLED, MOBILE HOMES PUSHED OFF FOUNDATIONS OR OVERTURNED, LARGE TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES SNAPPED OFF, SHALLOW-ROOTED TREES KNOCKED OVER, MOVING VEHICLES BLOWN OFF ROADS, AND SMALL BOATS PULLED FROM MOORINGS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ———————————- * EVACUATIONS: NONE ANTICIPATED. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: NOW IS THE TIME TO BRING TO COMPLETION ALL PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN. OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPED UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE WEATHER CONDITIONS COMPLETELY DETERIORATE. ANY REMAINING EVACUATIONS AND RELOCATIONS SHOULD BE EXPEDITED BEFORE THE ONSET OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. BE READY TO ADAPT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE FORECAST. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: – FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV – FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG – FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ———– THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW ORLEANS LA AROUND 4 PM CDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

Family Promise and Severe Weather

Family Promise and Severe Weather

Below is the policy for Family Promise and Severe Weather – Keep in Touch!

Good afternoon,

With the pending storm in the gulf, please see the below policy on hurricane preparedness. I will continue to monitor the storm and ask that each of you do as well as it pertains to your hosting duties and shelter of the families. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me at anytime.

XI. Hurricane Preparedness Policy:
In the event our community is placed under a hurricane watch, Family Promise staff will maintain daily communication with the current host congregation as well as the following two host congregations. The Family Promise office and congregations will keep abreast of the forecast. If our community is placed under a hurricane warning, the daycenter will close to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff. The Family Promise staff will notify the Host Congregation upon closing under the hurricane warning. Family Promise staff will transport families to an open emergency shelter:
* Guests will be given time to gather necessary personal items.
* Guests will receive an ice chest, canned goods, bottled water, paper supplies, flashlight, pillows, blankets and one mattress per person.
* Guests, volunteers and staff will vacate the building.
* Guests will be transported by the Family Promise van to the designated Storm Shelter. Disabled guests will be transported to shelter for special needs.
* Staff will confirm guests have staff emergency cell phone numbers.
* Staff and guests will stay in touch by cell phone as needed.
* Staff will return to work when the hurricane has passed, power is restored and roads are clear for travel.
* Guests will return when the daycenter is reopened.
*The hosting will start once the host congregation is able to receive our guests again. The staff will confirm with the host congregation that they are able to host in their facilities (utilities are on and the building is free from damage) and their volunteers are available to serve.

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 9

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 9

NINTH DAY

“Thus, this Novena is appropriate for use, not only in the days preceding Pentecost, but at any time throughout the year.”

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration.

As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your 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 You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

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 Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You 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 Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

© 1912 Holy Spirit Fathers

Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit

5 First Saturday Devotions

5 First Saturday Devotions

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, we will be having a formal observance of the First Saturday Devotions, beginning Saturday, June 3, and ending Saturday October 7. We will continue to observe them, though less formally, from here on.

During her July 1917 apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucy, “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.

via EWTN:

“Many consider the First Five Saturdays to be a forgotten part of the Fatima message, and very few people observe them,” said EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary. “This is to help inspire people to observe the five first Saturdays.”

“This devotion has four parts – all four should be made in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy and ingratitude and for peace in the world,” Fr. Joseph continued.

  • First, one should go to confession, generally eight days before or after the First Saturday of the month
  • Second, one should receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of the month
  • Third, recite five decades of the Rosary
  • Fourth, meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary

There are great benefits for those who comply with this request. Our Lady told Sister Lucia she would “assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months confess, receive Holy Communion, pray a rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour meditating on the 15 mysteries with the intention of offering reparation.”

Many ask why Our Lady asked her children to observe FIVE first Saturdays. Our Lady told Sister Lucia the five Saturdays are to make reparation for the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies uttered against her Immaculate Heart.

The offenses are

  1. against her Immaculate Conception
  2. against her virginity
  3. against her Divine maternity
  4. by those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference, or even hatred, for this Immaculate Mother
  5. by those who directly outrage her holy images

5 1st Saturdays

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 8

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 8

“Thus, this Novena is appropriate for use, not only in the days preceding Pentecost, but at any time throughout the year.”

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your 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 You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

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 Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You 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 Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

© 1912 Holy Spirit Fathers

Pentecost

First Friday Adoration

First Friday Adoration

Our First Friday Schedule is as follows:

7:30am Rosary
8:00am Mass – followed by Adoration until 7pm
8:30am Confessions
6:00pm Confessions
6:40pm Rosary
7:00pm Benediction

Following are some of the words given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (of the Visitation Sisters, founded by St. Jane de Chantal) starting in June, 1674.

Our Lord makes known the Devotion of the First Fridays: June 1674

“On the First Friday of each month, the above-mentioned
grace connected with the pain in my side was renewed in
the following manner: the Sacred Heart was represented
to me as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which
fell vertically upon my heart, which was inflamed with
a fire so fervid that it seemed as if it would reduce
me to ashes. It was at these times especially that my
Divine Master taught me what He required of me and
disclosed to me the secrets of His loving Heart. On one
occasion, while the Blessed Sacrament was exposed,
feeling wholly withdrawn within myself by an
extraordinary recollection of all my senses and powers,
Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me,
all resplendent with glory, His Five Wounds shining
like so many suns. Flames issued from every part of His
Sacred Humanity, especially from His Adorable Breast,
which resembled an open furnace and disclosed to me His
most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the
living source of these flames. It was then that He made
known to me the ineffable marvels of His pure love and
showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom
He received only ingratitude and contempt.

“I feel this more than all that I suffered
during My Passion. If only they would make Me
some return for My Love, I should think but
little of all I have done for them and would
wish, were it possible, to suffer still more.
But the sole return they make for all My
eagerness to do them good is to reject Me and
treat Me with coldness. Do you at least
console Me by supplying for their
ingratitude, as far as you are able.”

“On representing to Him my inability, He replied:”

“Behold, this will supply for all that is
wanting to you.”

“And at the same time His Divine Heart being opened,
there issued from It a flame so ardent that I thought I
should be consumed, for I was wholly penetrated with
it, and being no longer able to bear it, I besought Him
to have pity on my weakness.”

“I will be your strength. Fear nothing, but
be attentive to My voice and to what I shall
require of you that you may be in the
requisite disposition for the accomplishment
of My designs. In the first place you shall
receive Me in Holy Communion as often as
obedience (to your confessor and superiors)
will permit you, despite the mortification
and humiliation it may cause you, which you
must receive as pledges of My Love. You
shalt, moreover, communicate on the First
Friday of each month. Every night between the
Thursday and the (first) Friday I will make
you share in My mortal sadness which I was
pleased to feel in the Garden of Olives, and
this sadness, without you being able to
understand it, shall reduce you to a kind of
agony harder to endure than death itself. And
in order to bear Me company in the humble
prayer that I then offered to My Father, in
the midst of My anguish, you shall rise
between 11 P.M. and midnight, and remain
prostrate with Me for an hour, not only to
appease the divine anger by begging mercy for
sinners, but also to mitigate in some way the
bitterness which I felt at that time on
finding Myself abandoned by My Apostles,
which obliged Me to reproach them for not
being able to watch one hour with Me. During
that hour you shall do what I shall teach
you. But listen, My daughter, believe not
lightly and trust not every spirit, for Satan
is enraged and will seek to deceive you.
Therefore, do nothing without the approval of
those who guide you; being thus under the
authority of obedience, his efforts against
you will be in vain, for he has no power over
the obedient.”

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 7

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 7

SEVENTH DAY

“Thus, this Novena is appropriate for use, not only in the days preceding Pentecost, but at any time throughout the year.”

Heal our wounds–our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your 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 You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

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 Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You 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 Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

© 1912 Holy Spirit Fathers

the Madonna with child, in the guidance of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 6

Holy Spirit Novena ~ Day 6

Sixth Day

“Thus, this Novena is appropriate for use, not only in the days preceding Pentecost, but at any time throughout the year.”

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your 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 You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

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 Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You 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 Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

To be recited daily during the Novena

© 1912 Holy Spirit Fathers

The Holy Spirit, by Tiffany