Diocesan Novena – Day 1

Come, great Paraclete, Father of the poor, Comforter of the blest, fulfill the promise of our Savior who would not leave us as orphans. Enter our minds and hearts as you descended on the day of Pentecost upon the Mother of Jesus and upon his Apostles. Grant that every member of the Church may have a part in those gifts which were bestowed that day. O Holy Spirit, giver of every good and perfect gift, may the Father’s will be done in us and through us, and may you, O mighty Spirit, equal to the Father and the Son in Being and majesty, be praised and glorifed for ever and ever. Amen.


Holy God,

Holy and Mighty,

Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy upon us.


Come, O Holy Spirit, the Lord and Lifegiver: Take up your dwelling within my soul and make of it your sacred temple. Make me live by grace as an adopted child of God. Pervade all the energies of my soul, and create in me a fountain of living water springing up into life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, in Trinity of Persons, now and forever. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


Holy Spirit of God, you have poured your love into our hearts and granted us a diversity of gifts for the building up of your Holy Church: Come to us now in power and stir up those gifts among your faithful people in the Diocese of Springfield, that we may without shame, fear, or fatigue announce to those around us the good news of your coming Kingdom, and in our common life bear winsome witness to the same, that the world may know that you are making all things new and that we are your disciples; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, ever one God. Amen.

Image: Depiction of the Christian Holy Spirit as a dove, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in the apse of Saint Peter’s Basilica