"In preparation for the solemnity of Pentecost on May 20, I will be encouraging individuals and parishes to pray a Holy Spirit Novena, begging the Holy Spirit to rekindle the fire of his love here in northeast Kansas... I ask that you pray for the Holy Spirit to help us in our efforts to build a culture of evangelization and to help each of us become more and more missionary diciples." -Archbishop Naumann in his article in the Leaven
We hope that you will join our Prince of Peace Community in the Archbishop's request to pray this Novena to the Holy Spirit, beginning on Friday, May 11, leading up to Pentecost on May 20. Please pray the following prayer with us for those nine days.
Novena Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven,
you promised to send the Holy Spirit upon your Church,
to complete the work you began
in those whom you loved and called.
Renew in us, we pray, that same Holy Spirit.
Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom,
that we may desire the imperishable over that which passes,
the Spirit of Understanding,
that our minds may be enlightened by the light of your divine truth,
the Spirit of Right Counsel,
that our choices may always be pleasing to you,
the Spirit of Fortitude,
that we may willingly bear the cross with you
and overcome all obstacles to salvation,
the Spirit of Knowledge,
that we may overcome doubt and grow in faithfulness,
the Spirit of Piety,
that we may always find sweetness in our prayer and service,
the Spirit of Wonder and Awe,
that we may rightly fear your justice as we trust in your mercy.
Mark us, most loving Lord,
with the gifts of true discipleship,
that we may be animated by your Spirit,
and recommit ourselves to the work
of spreading the Good News of your Gospel.
You live and reign with the Father
and the same Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.