The novena (nine consecutive days of prayer) in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas. 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.
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 the Church and the world today.
A Hymn to the Holy Spirit Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come! And from Thy celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Thou Father of the poor! Come, Thou Source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine! Thou, of comforters the best; Thou, the soul’s most welcome Guest; Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. O most blessèd Light divine, Shine within these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill! Where Thou art not, man hath naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away; Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess Thee, evermore In Thy sev’nfold gift descend; Give them virtue’s sure reward Give them Thy salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end.