In our house we’re off and running on this novena to the Holy Spirit.  

Dad had a great discussion with the kids the 1st day, asking WHY a Novena to the Holy Spirit before Lent if Jesus is the Person we are trying to imitate.  Very interesting to hear the difference between the kids who have been CONFIRMED already and the littler kids.  God’s the Father, Jesus is our adopted brother…but the Holy Spirit is the gift given to us by both!  Let’s not forget Him!

So: here’s everything for Day Three of our novena to the Holy Spirit!

It’s OK if you missed the first and/or the second day. You can catch up on the prayers for DAY ONE HERE and on the prayers for DAY TWO HERE.  

If you are late but want to start it now over nine days, don’t fret: you’ll still end very very early in Lent, before the 1st Sunday…with plenty of time to profit from the inspirations of the 3rd Person of the Trinity!

You can read all about why we are praying this novena HERE

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The Cliff Notes version is this: We want to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us this Lent to the areas in our lives that He wants to transform. Just as the Gospels tell us “the Spirit led Christ into the desert, ” we are asking that He lead us into those deserts in our souls that need to be opened to the work He wants to complete in us. 

Throughout this 3rd novena day today, listen for the Spirit to point out how you may have slipped into a routine that doesn’t serve God in how you treat:

  • Your spouse? When your marriage was new and fresh from being sacramentally sealed by God–how did you spend your day in your thoughts and prayers and service?  What does the Spirit bring to mind?
  • Your parents?  What is your routine now?
  • Your siblings?  They were chosen by God for your family–what is asked of you now?
  • Your children?  Gifts created by the breath of God for you–what does the Spirit whisper is needed?

 

THIRD DAY (Thursday)

Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect, for His sake, persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority: His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Then, pray:

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

Finally, pray these two prayers:

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, 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.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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.

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 Then spend some quiet time to listen for the Spirit to point out how you may have slipped into a routine that doesn’t serve God in how you treat:

  • Your spouse? When your marriage was new and fresh from being sacramentally sealed by God–how did you spend your day in your thoughts and prayers and service?  What does the Spirit bring to mind?
  • Your parents?  What is your routine now?
  • Your siblings?  They were chosen by God for your family–what is asked of you now?
  • Your children?  Gifts created by the breath of God for you–what does the Spirit whisper is needed?

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!

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Lenten Activity Book #1

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