PENTECOST SUNDAY – 28th May 2023

Pentecost, also called Whitsunday, (Pentecost from Greek pentecostē, “50th day”), major festival in the Christian church, celebrated on the Sunday that falls on the 50th day of Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and it marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. 

The Jewish feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) was primarily a thanksgiving for the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, but it was later associated with a remembrance of the Law given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. The church’s transformation of the Jewish feast to a Christian festival was thus related to the belief that the gift of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus was the firstfruits of a new dispensation that fulfilled and succeeded the old dispensation of the Law.

Prayers for Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Prayers for Pentecost

Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From your bright and blissful Home Rays of healing light impart. Come, Father of the poor, Source of gifts that will endure Light of ev’ry human heart. You, of all consolers best, Of the soul, most kindly Guest, Quick’ning courage do bestow. In hard labor You are rest, In the heat You refresh best, And solace give in our woe. O most blessed Light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill. Nothing good by man is thought, Nothing right by him is wrought, When he spurns Your gracious Will. Cleanse our souls from sinful stain, Lave our dryness with Your rain Heal our wounds and mend our way. Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful who in You, Trust with childlike piety, Deign your sevenfold gift to send. Give them virtue’s rich increase, Saving grace to die in peace, Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia!

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to 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.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.

Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia!

The Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love.
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal,the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth,the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints,the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable,the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit.


Prayer for Boldness in God’s Work

God of Wind and Fire, we celebrate today the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit, which You sent upon the believers on the day of Pentecost, and which is our blessing today. Lord, we thank You for the transforming work of Your Holy Spirit in our lives and through our lives toward others. We thank You that You have given us boldness to proclaim the Gospel. Remind us to use Your power to do the work You have given us.

Prayer to Walk as Children of the Light

Joy of Heaven, we are so blessed that You came to dwell in each of us on Pentecost, when Your church was born. Surely, through Your Spirit, we have died to sin and are alive to holiness. May we serve You faithfully, in praise, prayer, and loving service to others, as we are changed from glory to glory. May we walk as children of the light, in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Prayer for the Fire of the Spirit

Lord of Power, just as the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit on Pentecost so drastically changed the lives of the disciples, may the burning fire of Your Holy Spirit refine and renew us, so that we will never be the same. May we move in the power of the Spirit, and may our lives and ministries be infused with Your divine, supernatural touch and authority. May the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation cause us to grow in our knowledge of You.


We beseech you, O Lord, let the power of the Holy Spirit be always with us; let it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard us from all harm. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we beseech you, O Lord, and guide us, as Your Son has promised, into all truth. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.

Pentecost Collect

Almighty God, who on this day 
didst open the way of eternal life 
to every race and nation 
by the promised gift 
of thy Holy Spirit: 
Shed abroad this gift throughout the world 
by the preaching of the Gospel, 
that it may reach to the ends of the earth; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who liveth and reigneth 
with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

An Orthodox Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee! 
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, 
Who art everywhere present and filleth all things, 
Treasury of all good and giver of life, 
Come and dwell within us; 
Cleanse us from all unrighteousness, 
And of thy goodness, save our souls.

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit 
that my thoughts may all be holy; 
Act in me O Holy Spirit 
that my works, too, may be holy; 
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit 
that I love but what is holy; 
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit 
to defend that is holy; 
Guard me then O Holy Spirit 
that I always may be holy. 

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Spirit of God
And make within us your dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
And our troubles calmed by your peace;
May all evils be redeemed by your love,
All pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
And all dying glorified by his risen life. Amen.

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Spirit of God
Holy Spirit, I offer myself
to your work of healing, peace and reconciliation.
In my busy world, bless my silent moments.
In the stillness of my heart, may I find peace within myself,
peace with others, and peace with you Amen.

9-Day  Novena to the Holy Spirit

Begin by saying the following prayer

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

I adore you as my True God.

I bless You by uniting myself to the praises

You receive from the angel and saints.

I offer You my whole heart,

and I render You heartfelt thanks

for all the benefits You have bestowed

and do unceasingly bestow upon the world.

You are the author of all supernatural gifts

and who did enrich with immense favors the soul

of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

the Mother of God,

I beseech you to visit me by Your grace and Your love,

and grant me the favor

I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…

O Holy Spirit,

spirit of truth,

come into our hearts:

shed the brightness of your light on all nations,

that they may be of one faith and pleasing to You.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

Recite the prayer of the appropriate day…


O Holy Spirit,

bestow upon us Your seven holy gifts.

Enlighten our understanding that we may know You.

Give us wisdom that Your will may be clear to us

and that we may accept it.

Grant us the gift of counsel

that we may always perceive what is right.

Fortify us that we may always be capable

of fulfilling Your Divine Will.

Inspire us with the spirit of learning

that we may be able to penetrate more deeply

into the truths that You have revealed.

Let our hearts be steeped in the spirit of childlikeness

that we may bring You joy.

Let us have proper fear of God

that we may never grieve You

or wander from the path of goodness.

Give us the fulness of Your gifts

that we may glorify You.


Look with compassion upon us,

O Holy Spirit, and grant us the favor we seek in this novena…

State your request here…

if it be in accordance with Your Holy Will.


O Holy Spirit,

make me faithful in every thought,

and grant that I may always listen to your voice,

and watch for Your light,

and follow Your gracious inspirations.

I cling to You,

and give myself to You,

and ask You by Your compassion

to watch over me in my weakness.

Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,

looking at His Five Wounds,

trusting in His Precious Blood,

adoring His opened side and stricken heart,

I implore You adorable Spirit,

helper of my infirmity,

to keep me in Your grace,

now and always,

and grant us the favor we ask in this novena..

State your request here…


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Heavenly Father,

You have called me to be a member

of the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ,

and to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.

I ask You to give me these gifts of the Holy Spirit:

wisdom, that I may understand the follies of this world;

understanding, that I may grasp more fully

the meaning of my existence

and the purpose of all things in the world;

counsel, that I may always choose the proper way;

fortitude, that I may remain faithful to You

under the pressure of temptation.;

piety, that I may revere You in all I do, think or say;

fear of the Lord, that should the motive of love fail me,

I may quickly be awakened to the eternal consequences of my deeds.

Visit me by Your grace

and Your love

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O God, Who today by the light of the Holy Spirit

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

give us, by the light of the same Holy Spirit,

a love for what is right and just

and a constant enjoyment of His comforts.

Pray Holy Spirit,

that I may strive to learn more of my faith;

that I may ever be conscious that reason in all

its human magnificence is capable of grasping

but a glimpse of the reality that is God.

Pray that I may accept as the motto of my life:

“All for the greater glory of God”

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Come, O Spirit of sanctity,

from the glory of heaven

and send forth the radiance of Your light.

Father of all the poor,

light and peace of all hearts,

come with Your countless gifts.

Consoler in desolation;

refreshment full of loveliness,

come dear friend of my soul.

In weariness send repose;

breath gently cool refreshing breeze;

console the desolate who weep alone.

Light of Beatitude,

make our hearts ready;

come enter our souls.

Without Your grace,

man stands alone;

he cannot be good or sure.

Cleanse what is soiled;

heal what is wounded;

moisten what is arid.

Bend the stubborn will;

warm the cold heart;

guide the wandering footstep.

O Holy Spirit,

we beg You to give us grace

through Your sevenfold power

and grant me the favor

I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…

Give us merit for the present,

and one day beatitude

when we have finished our earthly journey.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Father in Heaven,

I beg You to send the Holy Spirit.

May Your Holy Spirit remind me

when I am apt to forget Your law.

Your love, Your promises.

May Your Holy Spirit strengthen my memory

to recall frequently Your sanctity,

omniscience, wisdom, and goodness,

faithfulness, and love.

May Your Holy Spirit encourage me when I am slothful;

strengthen me when I am weak;

enlighten me when I no longer can help myself.

Breathe into me, O Holy Spirit,

that I may do what is holy.

Stir me, that I may love what is holy.

Strengthen me, that I may preserve what is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit,

that I may never lose what is holy

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Come, Holy Spirit,

creator of all things:

come visit our hearts with Your power.

Fill with grace, friendly guest,

the hearts which You have created.

You are called the Consoler,

gift from the hand of God,

source of life, light, love,

and flame, highest good.

You are the pledge of sevenfold grace,

finger of the Father’s hand,

promised us by Him,

and You make our tongues speak the truth.

Cast light on our senses,

pour love into our hearts.

Grant our weak bodies strength

that they may never grow weary of doing good

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena…

State your request here…

Keep the enemy far from us,

give us peace always,

let us willingly follow in Your footsteps

that we may be far removed from sin.

Grant that through You

we may grow in knowledge of the Father and of the Son,

and that we may ever strongly believe in You,

the Spirit of both.

Praise and honor be forever to the Father on the highest throne,

in the risen Son of God,

in the Consoler.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Holy Spirit,

life and light of the Church,

give us thoughts higher than our own thoughts,

and prayers better than our own prayers,

and powers beyond our own powers,

that we may love and live,

imitating Jesus Christ,

our Lord and Savior.

Come to us, Holy Spirit,

come with the Father

and the Son

and grant me the favor I so earnestly request in this novena…

State your request here…

Vouchsafe to dwell within our souls

and quickly make our hearts Your own.

Quench in us the fires of hate and strife,

the wasting fever of the heart.

From perils guard our feeble life

and to our souls Your peace impart.

Let voice and mind and heart

and strength confess

and glorify Your name

and let the fire of charity burn bright

and other hearts inflame.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Lord, Holy Spirit,

grant me sight to see the wondrous promise of divine love;

insight to see my own weakness;

delight in Your divine presence in my soul

which You have made Your temple through sanctifying grace.

I pray, O Holy Spirit,

that I may be not doubting;

that I be spared the pain of being alone

without trust or hope in Christ;

that my prayer may always be “My Lord and my God!”

I pray that I may acquire a sense of retreat

to prayer and recollection at various times in my daily life;

for prayer is the bond that joins us to Christ.

I pray that I may be aware of the physical needs of the poor

and that I may share what I can with them

in the charitable works of the Church.

I pray, O Holy Spirit,

that You will in Your mercy

grant me the favor I have sought in this novena…

State your request here…


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.