Here are the prayers for Ash Wednesday, the 9th day of our novena to the Holy Spirit.

BUT WAIT:  If you are late getting started with us, you can do this ENTIRE NOVENA in just one day (and it is not that hard or time-consuming at all)!  

Scroll on down below the rules for Ash Wednesday to see how to do the “Express Novena to the Holy Spirit for your Lenten devotions and penances” and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! And don’t you get intimidated as you scroll down–this is truly an “express novena” that will only take a minute or so at the top of every hour.  Trust me!



Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.


Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Pray: “Our Father” and “Hail, Mary” ONCE. “Glory be” SEVEN TIMES. 

And these final two prayers:


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, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You  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, and 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 Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Listen in silence, and reflect throughout the day: what trials and opportunities come your way that the Spirit in wisdom reveals to be “your cross” that you must pick up to follow Christ daily into the desert of Lent?  Ask the Spirit to send the wisdom to recognize them and the strength to humbly accept them!

Ash Wednesday is a day of prayer and fasting–and abstinence!

I’ve pasted below the rules in the United States (note that the ages for mandatory fasting are different from abstinence!):

In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that “the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth.” The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:

  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.  In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

NOW–want to do this Novena in just one day?  Want to step out boldly into the desert just like Jesus did, led by the Holy Spirit?  

Then join me in a 9-hour “express novena” this Ash Wednesday.

Here’s how:

  1. Set your alarm on your phone for every hour.
  2. Every hour say the prayer for the hour–that is JUST THE TOP ONE BEFORE the “Our Father,” “Hail, Mary,” and “Glory Be’s.”  
  3. That’s it–just a minute or so a the top of every hour to speak to the Holy Spirit and recollect yourself.

4. THEN–after all nine prayers have been prayed, in that final hour you will pray the “Our Father” and “Hail, Mary” ONCE, then the “Glory Be” SEVEN Times AND you will pray the Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit and the Prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit (the two long prayers).  Then just rest there for a bit…listen…and walk out boldly into Lent with Christ!  

Here are the links for each “hour” for your prayers, and may God richly bless you!

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight

Don’t forget — Here are some Lenten Resources for your family:

Lenten Road to Easter, Family 5 Pack
This CD is beautifully led by children and has very specific and beautiful resolutions at the end of each station:

Sign up for Lenten Adventure (free) and let the Adventure Guides help your family have the best Lent ever!


Lenten Activity Book #1


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