Novena to the Holy Spirit

May 13, 2010 | 11 comments

For those of you who like to pray novenas, here’s a reminder that the Novena to the Holy Spirit starts tomorrow (Friday) and will end on the eve of Pentecost. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this for months! I’ve done it for the past couple of years and always find it to be incredibly powerful. A novena is simply a nine-day series of prayers, and this one focuses on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

    1. Wisdom: Desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory


    1. Understanding: Enable us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith


    1. Counsel: Warn us of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation


    1. Fortitude: Strengthen us to do the will of God in all things


    1. Knowledge: Enable us to discover the will of God in all things


    1. Piety: Love God as a Father, and obey Him because we love Him


  1. Fear of the Lord: Have a dread of sin and fear of offending God

I won’t be posting the daily prayers here, but you can find them here. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Definitions of the Seven Gifts from


  1. Dani

    Thank-you so much for this. I'm still a new-ish Catholic and I'm only now just starting to understand novenas. So this post is very timely.

    On a side note, my Archbishop just created a blog that you might be interested in.

    God Bless!

  2. NC Sue

    Hi Jennifer – How wonderful to know that we will be praying this together! Each year, members of the Association of St. Francis de Sales pray this Novena in common. So there will be many folks joining with us!

    I also posted some information about this novena on my site today, and will be posting the prayers daily throughout the 9 days of the Novena if anyone finds that to be more convenient.

  3. Karen

    Thank you for the reminder!!

  4. Nancy Piccione

    Thank you so much for the printable version, as well as the encouragement to do the novena. I was searching around for an easy printable one yesterday couldn't find one.

  5. M.E.

    I absolutely love your blog.
    Know that I will be joining you in the Novena to the Holy Spirit.

  6. My Chocolate Heart

    Thanks! Awesome… I've never heard of this novena before.

  7. Geomama1

    NC Sue – nice to know there are Association members in NC. Those of us in the Deep South will be praying, too. I love the universal nature of the Church (not just the Daughters)- people all around the world are united in prayer, in daily scripture readings, in the sacraments…

  8. Lauren

    Thank you so much for this suggestion. My husband and I are excited to participate!

  9. Karyn

    You can sign up at (under Catholicism) for daily email reminders with the day's prayers. This has helped to remind me…

  10. Anonymous


    There was a miracle in Vailankanni church. Until today, nobody would have heard about it in the church of Vailankanni. One sunday, Mother Mary appeared in the form of an infant to aperson. She told Him "Don't be afraidhave faith and listen to me. I am to His word. Print 2000 leaflets in my name and distribute to the people to spread the message, to wash away the sins and to receive all goodness in life. Do it my name." saying this, MotherMary (who was form of an infant) disappeared.
    Hearing this, this man in Vishakapatnam printed 515 leaflets and distributed the same. After a few days, this man received the blessings of Mother Mary and got the Rupee takhs by lottery.
    In Agra, a man printed 615 leaflets and within 24 days, he got a pot full of gold coins thru the blessings of Mother Mary.
    A poor man who thought of printing this message was blessed by Mother Mary and got a job. He printed out 1000 leaflets as thanksgiving.
    Another person who did not believe in this, mocked about it and destroyed the leaflets. The disbeliever lost his son.
    A man passed Rashabai in Agra, read the message and delayed it by one month. He had a great loss in business and lost his wife.
    In a place called Lachara, 5 people printed together 2500 leaflets and distributed the same. Mother Mary blessed them and they received good profits in their business.
    Hearing this, a poor man, Nexshaw-wan printed 1000 leaflets. His faith in Mother Mary helped him in getting 25 tahks in a town called Manavinar.
    A poor family 1000 leaflets. Mother Mary blessed them and they got everything they want for.
    A fain old Mangalan Chennai 33, who came across this message delayed in spreading the same in 15 days. Their new rickshaw met an accident and they lost a lot of money. They faced many problems in their family.
    As Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock the door will be opened to you”. So ask with faith and you will receive it. Print this leaflet within 10 days, spreading this message of our Mother Mary and Jesus and you will receive all the blessings to achieve what you want. Please do not destroy this after reading. Give it to others. Respect His Holy Name and Sacred heart prayers.
    Believe in our Mother Vailankanni, OUR LADY OF HEALTH
    Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to your most Sacred Heart, I confide this intention (here mention your requests). Only look upon me and do what your Sacred Heart inspires. Let your Sacred Heart decide. I count on you, I trust in you. I throw myself at your mercy. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask for many favors, but most implore this one. Take it, place it in your most Sacred Heart. And when the Eternal father sees it covered by your most Precious blood, he will not refuse it. It will no longer be my prayer but yours. Oh sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Let me never be confounded. Amen
    May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored and loved in all tabernacles until the end of time. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen
    Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen
    This novena must be said with Our Father each day, 9 times for 9 consecutive days, leaving 9 copies in the church each day. Your prayers will be answered on or before the 9th day no matter how impossible it is and has never known to have failed. Pray with faith.

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