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This week, we begin our annual Novena to the Holy Spirit as we prepare for Pentecost.
A Novena?  What’s a Novena?

     A novena refers to the number nine and to the nine days between the Ascension and Pentecost. It was during these days that the Apostles, along with Mary and the other disciples, (the Scriptures say around 120 were gathered in the Upper Room [Lk 1:14-15]), prayed and waited for the Holy Spirit, the promised gift of the Father. [see Acts 1:4-5]

    This is the first novena and ever since, the Church has safeguarded this pious tradition; not only for the Feast of Pentecost, but for many other types of feasts and devotions as well. I’ve even heard of a nine-hour novena, and St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was known for her emergency or ‘flying novena’. This was nine Memorare’s to the Blessed Mother, and a tenth in Thanksgiving. She would often invoke this in emergency situations. Who of us doesn’t have that every now and then.

   Even now, we can enter into this most traditional and biblically based experience. Like the disciples in the Upper Room awaiting the renewal of the Holy Spirit, for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit which John the Baptist said would be the fruit of the coming of the Messiah. [see Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8, Lk 3:16; Jn 1:33, Acts 1:4]

     In today’s posting are presented several different models and formats for praying this novena. All that really matters is that each one of us take some time each day and beg the Lord for the renewal of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray for His gifts and fruit. Very simply, ask, seek, knock …

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? "[Lk 11:13]

Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit

Fr. John Gordon, Acting Vicar, Pastoral Life Vicariate, Coordinator, Office for Evangelization