Friday, May 14, 2010
Novena to the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit Novena begins today, and concludes on Saturday, May 22, on the vigil of Pentecost. This year, I am praying the Novena for a group of High School juniors who were confirmed a couple of months ago, students that I got to know particularly well while I was a youth minister in Rapid City. The version that I'm praying is found on the EWTN website here if you want to pray with me. This is what they have to say about this beautiful novena:
"The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian."
I'm so thankful that the Church gives voice to the prayers I want to pray, but can never come up with the words. It's kind of like when I read a book or an article that explains something I've always known to be true but could never articulate... because some people are just better writers than me. I love being Catholic!