Novena to the Holy Spirit by Bl. Elena Guerra

This prayer to the Holy Spirit originated with the exhortation of Pope Leo XIII. Indeed, the same Pontiff in a Papal Brief promulgated on May 5, 1895, exhorted all Catholics to devoutly make this Holy Spirit Novena. On this occasion the Pope suggested a special formula of prayer: “Send forth your Spirit and renew the world.”  He strongly recommended this to be prayed. With this in mind, in 1896 Blessed Elena Guerra, “The Holy Spirit Apostle of modern times”, composed these invocations to ask the Holy Spirit for the grace of a New Pentecost, which renews the face of the earth.

How to pray:

-O God, come to my assistance.

– O Lord, make haste to help me.

– Glory be to the Father…

In each mystery ask for a gift of the Holy Spirit.

– Repeat seven times :

“Father, in the Name of Jesus, send forth your Spirit, and renew the world.”

-Conclude with :

 “ O Mary, who by the work of the Holy Spirit, conceived the Savior, pray for us.”

The seven mysteries invoking the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

1- Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, detach us from earthly things and infuse in us a love and taste of  heavenly things.

  • Father, in the Name of Jesus…
  • O Mary, …

2- Come, O Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds with the light of your eternal truth and the riches of holy thoughts.

  • Father, in the Name…
  • O Mary, …

3 – Come, O Spirit of Counsel, make us docile to your inspirations and guide us in the way of salvation.

  • Father…
  • O Mary, …

4- Come, O Spirit of Fortitude , and give us  strength, constancy and victory in the battle against our spiritual enemies.

  • Father, …
  • O Mary, …

5- Come, O Spirit of Knowledge, be the Master of our souls and help us to put into practice Your teachings.

  • Father,…
  • O Mary, …

6- Come, O Spirit of  Piety, come to live in our heart to  possess and sanctify all of our  affections.

  • Father,…
  • O Mary,…

7- Come, O Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, reign over our will and make us always disposed to suffer every evil rather than to sin.

  • Father,…
  • O Mary,…

Invocation to Mary:

O most pure Virgin Mary, by your Immaculate Conception you were made a chosen tabernacle of Divinity by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.

Hail Mary…

O most pure Virgin Mary, by the Mystery of the Incarnation you became true Mother of God by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.  

Hail Mary…

O most pure Virgin Mary, persevering in prayer with the Apostles in the Upper Room, you were abundantly inflamed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us:

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.

Hail Mary…

Let us pray:

Send Your Spirit, Lord, and transform us interiorly with Your gifts. Create in us a new heart that we may please You and be conformed to Your will. Through Christ  our Lord. Amen.

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