Novena - Day One

Posted on the 22nd May 2020 in the category Resources



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

1         Come, thou Holy Paraclete,

           And from thy celestial seat

           Send thy light and brilliancy:


Scripture Passage

After Jesus’s Ascension     Acts 1.12-16, 21-26 

They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, only a sabbath day’s walk away. When [the apostles] had entered the city they went to the room upstairs where they were staying. They all devoted themselves constantly to prayer, together with certain women – including Mary the mother of Jesus – as well as his brothers.

Around that time Peter stood up among the believers and said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus. … So now, one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, … must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, … and praying said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship’. And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.


Reflection and Response

The Holy Spirit imprints a dynamic drive on the disciples to accept as a personal commitment a mission to witness to the Gospel.


R./   Renew your wonders in the Church of our day, and in each one of us, ‘as by a new Pentecost’.[1]  Lord, hear my prayer.



Pray for Ebbsfleet affiliated clergy and parishes in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Bristol


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.

[1] Pope St John XXIII, from a Prayer in preparation for the Second Vatican Council


2020 Novena of the Holy Spirit