Novena to the Holy Spirit
Please join in praying a “Novena to the Holy Spirit.” The novena begins on Friday, May 11 and ends May 19.
In 2018, the Novena to the Holy Spirit (the Pentecost Novena) is prayed on May 11 through May 19, culminating on May 20, the feast of Pentecost. This year at Holy Spirit the feast of Pentecost holds special significance: it falls on the same day as our annual parish festival, the Festival of the Holy Spirit. This year during the festival, we will break ground on our new church building!
Praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit, we join our prayer to the prayers of the Apostles in the upper room after Christ’s ascension, where they, “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer”1 for nine days until the Holy Spirit descended upon them on the fiftieth day.
How to Pray the Novena
- Start with the Sign of the Cross
- Pray the Opening Prayer
- Read the Sequence Verse and Scripture Passage for the day you are on.
- Pray the Closing Prayer
Pray the Novena
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 1 (May 11)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 2 (May 12)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 3 (May 13)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 4 (May 14)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 5 (May 15)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 6 (May 16)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 7 (May 17)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 8 (May 18)
- Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 9 (May 19)
Printable versions of the novena in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese are available on the Archdiocesan web site .
What’s a Novena?
A novena is an ancient form of devotional prayer consisting of prayers over nine consecutive days (or weeks).
In 1897, Pope Leo XIII asked the whole church to renew its devotion by praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit in the nine days leading up to Pentecost (Divinum Illud Munus). He asked that this novena be done every year in every parish throughout the world.