Novena - Day Nine

Posted on the 30th May 2020 in the category Resources



DAY NINE        SATURDAY 30 MAY

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

‘Close your eyes to all the noises of the world, enter into your soul, then say’:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me; and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

 

Sequence Verse

9         Fill thy faithful, who confide

In thy power to guard and guide,

With thy sevenfold mystery.

 

Scripture Passage

Hope carries us forward        Romans 8.22-27 

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves: we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen isn’t hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

Reflection and Response

The Spirit is a generous ‘down payment’ which God himself has given us ahead of time and at the same time guarantee of our future inheritance (cf. 2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:13-14).

 

R./   Renew your wonders, Lord, in the Church of today, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.  Lord, hear my prayer.

 

Intercession

Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Diocese of Salisbury

 

Closing prayer

O Heavenly King, O Advocate, Spirit of Truth, you who are everywhere present, filling all things; Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life;  come and dwell in us,  cleanse us from all impurity, and, O Good One, save our souls.  Amen.


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Novena - Day Eight

Posted on the 29th May 2020 in the category Resources



DAY EIGHT FRIDAY 29 MAY

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

‘Close your eyes to all the noises of the world, enter into your soul, then say’:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me; and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

 

Sequence Verse

8         Make the stubborn heart unbend;

To the faint new hope extend,

Wounded souls, their hurt allay.

 

Scripture Passage

Spiritual worship is a living sacrifice Romans 12.1-3, 9-10 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour.

 

Reflection and Response

The Holy Spirit influences not only a Christian's actions but his or her very being. In fact, he says that the Spirit of God dwells in us (cf. Rom 8:9; 2 Cor 3:16) and that ‘God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts’ (Gal 4:6).

 

R./   Renew your wonders, Lord, in the Church of today, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.  Lord, hear my prayer.

 

Intercession

Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Diocese of Oxford

 

Closing prayer

O Heavenly King, O Advocate, Spirit of Truth, you who are everywhere present, filling all things; Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life;  come and dwell in us,  cleanse us from all impurity, and, O Good One, save our souls.  Amen.


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Novena - Day Seven

Posted on the 28th May 2020 in the category Resources



DAY SEVEN    THURSDAY 28 MAY

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

‘Close your eyes to all the noises of the world, enter into your soul, then say’:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me; and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

 

Sequence Verse

7         Sinful hearts do thou make whole

Bring to life the arid soul,

Guide the feet that go astray.

 

Scripture Passage

One Spirit begets one body         1 Corinthians 12.13-14, 18-20, 24b-26 31

In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.

God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body.

God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.

 

Reflection and Response

When Paul lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit, mentions love first: ‘love, joy, peace,’ etc. (Gal 5:22). Love unifies; and the Spirit is above all creator of the Body of Christ, communion, within the Christian community. 

 

R./   Renew your wonders, Lord, in the Church of today, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.  Lord, hear my prayer.

 

Intercession

Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Diocese of Lichfield

 

Closing prayer

O Heavenly King, O Advocate, Spirit of Truth, you who are everywhere present, filling all things; Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life;  come and dwell in us,  cleanse us from all impurity, and, O Good One, save our souls.  Amen.


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Novena - Day Six

Posted on the 27th May 2020 in the category Resources



DAY SIX       WEDNESDAY 27 MAY

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

‘Close your eyes to all the noises of the world, enter into your soul, then say’:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me; and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

 

Sequence Verse

6         Where thou art not, man hath nought;

Every holy deed and thought

Comes from thy divinity.

 

Scripture Passage

The Spirit at work in all who believe              1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 11 

I want you to understand brothers and sisters that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

All [the Spirit’s gifts] are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

 

Reflection and Response

The Holy Spirit gives each Christian a rich and fertile spiritual life in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation: not a ‘spirit of slavery’, without freedom;  but spirit of adoption, because with Christ we can call God ‘Abba, Father!’ (Rom 8:2, 15), and like Christ do the works of love.

 

R./   Renew your wonders, Lord, in the Church of today, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.  Lord, hear my prayer.

 

Intercession

Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Dioceses of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester

 

Closing prayer

O Heavenly King, O Advocate, Spirit of Truth, you who are everywhere present, filling all things; Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life;  come and dwell in us,  cleanse us from all impurity, and, O Good One, save our souls.  Amen.


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Novena - Day Five

Posted on the 26th May 2020 in the category Resources



DAY FIVE                        TUESDAY 26 MAY 

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

‘Close your eyes to all the noises of the world, enter into your soul, then say’: 

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me; and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

 

Sequence Verse

5         O thou Light, most pure and blest,

Shine within the inmost breast

Of thy faithful company.

 

Scripture Passage

Be strong and pray   Ephesians 6.10-12, 18-20 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

 

Reflection and Response

There is no authentic prayer without the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. He becomes the most secret and most stable part of our being, from which a movement of prayer rises incessantly to God. We need greater sensitivity and attention to his presence in us, to transform it into prayer, learning to speak with the Father as children – dependent, but also free.

 

R./   Renew your wonders, Lord, in the Church of today, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.  Lord, hear my prayer.

 

Intercession

Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Dioceses of Exeter and Truro

 

Closing prayer

O Heavenly King, O Advocate, Spirit of Truth, you who are everywhere present, filling all things; Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life;  come and dwell in us,  cleanse us from all impurity, and, O Good One, save our souls.  Amen.


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