Praying with Out of Darkness

Novena to the Holy Spirit - May 14th

We're half-way through our Novena and our focus turns to gifts of service and building others up...

Our special intentions today turn to two groups of people who continually use their gifts to serve and build others up...


The guys...our band members, Jim, Andrew, and Gabriel, offer their amazing musical gifts and time away from jobs and families to serve in ministry. It can't be summed up in words how much they add to our ministry and build us up. In short, they bring the "awesome".


The village...our family members and friends (there are too many to count) who so lovingly watch our children while we minister, give us freedom in knowing that our precious children are safe and well-taken care of. This freedom allows us to be more available, physically and emotionally, to be used by the Lord for His glory.

Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 5

Gifted To Serve And Build Others Up


Light immortal! Light Divine!

Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,

And our inmost being fill!


Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father. Father, through Your Spirit, You invite us to participate in the fullness of Creation. Help me to see that all gifts are from You and intended for your Glory. For there are many different gifts, but always the same Spirit, many ways of serving, but always the same Lord. Amen.


Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory Be


Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light and listen to Your voice 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 and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring his opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth." Amen.


Pray: Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love. Grant us the Spirit of Fear of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You; the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth; the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom; Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever; Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen.


Source: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Picayune, MS



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