Pentecost Novena: May 14-22, 2021
The Pentecost Novena is the original novena (nine days of prayer typically undertaken to prepare for a feast). Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem and to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. After nine days, on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples (Acts 1-2).
Below you’ll find suggested prayers and readings from Holy Scripture for each day of the novena. It begins on May 14 (the day after the traditional Thursday date for the Ascension) and concludes on the day before Pentecost Sunday.
Opening Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Invocation of Our Lady
Holy Mary, Mother of God, you persevered in prayer with your Son’s disciples as you waited for him to send the Holy Spirit. Intercede for us, that our prayers during this novena will prepare us to celebrate the Spirit’s coming with joy and thanksgiving.
Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, you have cared for your Son’s disciples since the Church’s birth on Pentecost. Show your motherly care for the members of our parish and the whole body of believers throughout the world.
Our Lady of the Lake, Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray that the same Spirit will renew in us the graces of Baptism and Confirmation so we will live in holiness and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to give us his gifts, along with the zeal and boldness to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples and to stand firm in all trials. Amen.
- Friday, May 14: Genesis 11:1-9
- Saturday, May 15: Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b
- Sunday, May 16: Ezekiel 37:1-14
- Monday, May 17: Joel 3:1-5
- Tuesday, May 18: Psalm 104
- Wednesday, May 19: Romans 8:22-27
- Thursday, May 20: John 7:37-39
- Friday, May 21: Galatians 5:16-25
- Saturday, May 22: Acts 2:1-11
A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday: Veni Creator Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up thy rest;
come with thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which thou hast made.
O Comforter, to thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in thy sevenfold gifts are known;
thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
thou, promise of the Father, thou
who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
who rose from death, be glory given,
with thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.