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7 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and descriptions outlined by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica, the seven gifts are as follows

■ WISDOM:

We see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of life take on deeper meaning. We see God as our Father, appreciate the dignity of others, and find God in all things.

■ UNDERSTANDING:

In understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person’s speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known, Aquinas writes.

■ COUNSEL

(Right Judgment): With the gift of counsel/right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.

■ FORTITUDE

(Courage): With the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil.

■ KNOWLEDGE:

With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The gift of knowledge is more than an accumulation of facts.

■ PIETY

(Reverence): With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. Piety is the gift whereby, at the Holy Spirit’s instigation, we pay worship and duty to God as our Father, Aquinas writes.

■ FEAR OF THE LORD

(Wonder and Awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a “servile fear,” that is, a fear of punishment.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 1:7) because it puts our mindset in correct location with respect to God: we are the finite, dependent creatures, and He is the infinite, all-powerful Creator.

 

What Are the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Most Christians are familiar with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord, and fortitude.

These gifts, granted to Christians at their baptism and perfected in the Sacrament of Confirmation, are like virtues: They make the person who possesses them disposed to make proper choices and to do the right thing.

How Do the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Differ From the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

If the gifts of the Holy Spirit are like virtues, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are the actions that those virtues produce.

Prompted by the Holy Spirit, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit we bear fruit in the form of moral action. In other words, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

The presence of these fruits is an indication that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian believer.

Where Are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Found in the Bible?

Saint Paul, in the Letter to the Galatians (5:22), lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are two different versions of the text.

A shorter version, commonly used in both Catholic and Protestant Bibles today, lists nine fruits of the Holy Spirit; the longer version, which Saint Jerome used in his Latin translation of the Bible known as the Vulgate, includes three more.

The Vulgate is the official text of the Bible that the Catholic Church uses; for that reason, the Catholic Church has always referred to the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

1.Charity

2.Joy

3.Peace

4.Patience

5.Kindness

6.Goodness

7.Generosity

8.Gentleness

9.Faithfulness

10.Modesty

11.Self Control

12.Chastity



● Charity (or Love)

Charity is the love of God and of neighbor, without any thought of receiving something in return. It is not a “warm and fuzzy” feeling, however; charity is expressed in concrete action toward God and our fellow man.

● Joy

Joy isn’t emotional, in the sense that we commonly think of joy; rather, it is the state of being undisturbed by the negative things in life.

● Peace

Peace is a tranquility in our soul that comes from relying on God. Rather than getting caught up in anxiety for the future, Christians, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, trusts God to provide for them.

● Patience

Patience is the ability to bear the imperfections of other people, through a knowledge of our own imperfections and our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.

● Benignity (or Kindness)

Kindness is the willingness to give to others above and beyond what we own them.

● Goodness

Goodness is the avoidance of evil and the embrace of what’s right, even at the expense of one’s earthly fame and fortune.

● Longanimity
(or Long-Suffering)

Longanimity is patience under provocation. While patience is properly directed at other’s faults, to be long-suffering is to endure quietly the attacks of others.

● Mildness (or Gentleness)

To be mild in behavior is to be forgiving rather than angry, gracious rather than vengeful. The gentle person is meek; like Christ Himself, Who said that “I am gentle and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29) he does not insist on having his own way but yields to others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

● Faith

Faith, as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, means living our life in accordance with God’s will at all times.

● Modesty

Being modest means humbling yourself, acknowledging that any of your successes, achievements, talents, or merits are not truly your own but gifts from God.

● Continence

Continence is self-control or temperance. It does not mean denying oneself what one needs or even necessarily what one wants (so long as what one wants is something good); rather, it is the exercise of moderation in all things.

● Chastity

Chastity is the submission of physical desire to right reason, subjugating it to one’s spiritual nature. Chastity means indulging our physical desires only within the appropriate contexts—for instance, engaging in sexual activity only within marriage

Holy Spirit Rosary

1 I believe
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory be to the Father Son and Holy Spirit

“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee”. Luke 1.35

  1. Holy Spirit, the promise of Jesus, come and fill us.
    (10 times)
  2. Holy Spirit, the promise of Jesus, lead us .
    (10 times)
  3. Holy Spirit, the promise of Jesus, purify us.
    (10 times)
  4. Holy Spirit, the promise of Jesus, enlighten us .
    (10 times)
  5. Holy Spirit, the promise of Jesus, fill us with your fruits and gifts.
    (10 times)

Litany of the Holy Spirit – to be prayed in every Christian family

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Father all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us 

Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. 

Promise of God the Father, enter into our hearts.
Ray of heavenly light, enter into our hearts.
Author of all good, enter into our hearts.
Source of heavenly water, enter into our hearts.
Consuming fire, enter into our hearts.
Ardent charity, enter into our hearts.
Spiritual unction, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of love and truth, enter into our hearts .
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of grace and prayer, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of peace and meekness, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, enter into our hearts.
Gift of God, the Most High, enter into our hearts.
Spirit Who fillest the universe, enter into our hearts.
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, enter into our hearts.

Holy Ghost,who inspires us with horror of sin. enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, who comes and renews the face of the earth. enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, who sheds Thy light in our souls. enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, who engraves Thy law in our hearts enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, who inflames us with the flame of Thy love. enter into our hearts.
Holy Ghost, who opens to us the treasures of Thy graces enter into our hearts.

Holy Ghost, who teaches us to pray well. Lead us
Holy Ghost, who enlightens us with Thy heavenly inspirations. Lead us
Holy Ghost, who leads us in the way of salvation Lead us
Holy Ghost, who grants us the only necessary knowledge. Lead us
Holy Ghost, who inspires in us the practice of good. Lead us
Holy Ghost, who grants us the merits of all virtues. Lead us
Holy Ghost, who makes us persevere in justice. Lead us

Spirit of faith and hope purify us
Spirit of love and joy purify us
Spirit of peace and forgiveness purify us
Spirit of mercy and good will purify us
Spirit of faith, calm and self-control purify us
Spirit of humility and unity purify us
Spirit of holiness and children of God purify us
Protector of the church, source of God’s grace purify us
Relief in all pains purify us
Everlasting light, fountain of life purify us
Anointing of our souls, joy of angels purify us
Inspirationof prophets, teacher of the apostles purify us
Strength of martyrs, joy of all saints purify us

Merciful Holy Spirit, have mercy on us

Merciful Holy Spirit, hear our prayer

Merciful Holy Spirit, bless us

Let us pray

Holy Ghost, our comforter, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, who sanctifies everything purify your servents hearts. You are the gift of God,the most high, stream of life, fire, love and Anointing of our lives. You are the promise of God the father and the giver of seven gifts. Make us rich with your fruits and gifts. Give us purity in thought, humility in speech and wisdom in our actions. Give us steadfastness in difficulties , faith to remove our doubts , hope when faced with disappointments of life and love to see you in everyone else.

Let there be praise glory and thanksgiving to you ,who who lives with the father, God almighty and his only son Jesus forever and ever Amen.

The Holy Spirit Chaplet
By Blessed Elena Guerra


This prayer to the Holy Spirit originated with Pope Leo XIII. In 1895 he exhorted all Catholics to devoutly make this Holy Spirit Novena, suggesting a special formula of prayer: “Send forth your Spirit and renew the world.” With this in mind, in 1896 Blessed Elena Guerra, “the Holy Spirit Apostle of modern times”, composed these invocations to ask the Holy Spirit for the grace of a New Pentecost, which renews the face of the earth.


Chaplet: (Sing verses of Abba Father Hymn (2) through the chaplet)
‘O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father…’
(In each mystery ask for a gift of the Holy Spirit)


The seven mysteries invoking the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.


1 – L. Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, detach us from earthly things and infuse in us a love and taste of heavenly things. Pause


After each Mystery pray:


“Father, in the Name of Jesus, send forth your Spirit and renew the world.” (x7)


And conclude with:

“O Mary, who by the work of the Holy Spirit, conceived the Savior, pray for us.”


2 – L. Come, O Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds with the light of your eternal truth and the riches of holy thoughts


Father… (x7) O Mary, …


3 – L. Come, O Spirit of Counsel, make us docile to your inspirations and guide us in the way of salvation.


4 – L. Come, O Spirit of Fortitude, and give us strength, constancy and victory in the battle against our spiritual enemies.


5 – L. Come, O Spirit of Knowledge, be the Master of our souls and help us to put into practice Your teachings.


6 – L. Come, O Spirit of Piety, come to live in our heart to possess and sanctify all of our affections.


7 – L. Come, O Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, reign over our will and make us always disposed to suffer every evil rather than to sin.


Sing Hymns of praise

Invocation to Mary:


L. O most pure Virgin Mary, by your Immaculate Conception you were made a chosen tabernacle of Divinity by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.


R. May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth. Hail Mary, full of grace…


L. O most pure Virgin Mary, by the Mystery of the Incarnation you became true Mother of God by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.


R. May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth. Hail Mary, full of grace…


L. O most pure Virgin Mary, persevering in prayer with the Apostles in the Upper Room, you were abundantly inflamed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us:
R. May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth. Hail Mary, full of grace…


All – Let us pray:


Send Your Spirit, Lord, and transform us interiorly with your gifts. Create in us a new heart that we may please you and be conformed to your will. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


We pray for our Parish priest (name) and all the clergy and for Vocations to the priesthood:
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be


All. O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church, give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in Holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for you can
do all things. (“Prayer of St Faustina” from her Diary, 1052)


We bring our own prayer intentions to the Lord, Spoken or in the silence of your heart.
Glory be to the father… (x3)


Litany to the Holy Spirit


Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Divine Essence, one true God, Have mercy on us
Spirit of truth and wisdom, Have mercy on us
Spirit of holiness and justice, Have mercy on us
Spirit of understanding and counsel, Have mercy on us
Spirit of love and joy, Have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and patience, Have mercy on us
Spirit of longanimity and meekness, Have mercy on us
Spirit of kindness and goodness, Have mercy on us
Love substantial of the Father and the Son, Have mercy on us
Love and life of saintly souls, Have mercy on us
Fire ever burning, Have mercy on us
Living water to quench the thirst of hearts, Have mercy on us
From all evil, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all impurity of soul and body, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all gluttony and sensuality, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all attachments to the things of the earth, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all hypocrisy and pretence, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all imperfections and deliberate faults, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From self-love and self-judgment, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our own will, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From slander, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From deceiving our neighbours, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our passions and disorderly appetites, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our inattentiveness to Thy holy inspirations, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From despising little things, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From debauchery and malice, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From love of comfort and luxury, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From wishing to seek or desire anything other than Thee, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From everything that displeases Thee, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
Most loving Father, forgive us.
Divine Word, have pity on us.
Holy and divine Spirit, leave us not until we are in possession of the Divine Essence, Heaven of heavens.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Send us the divine Consoler.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Fill us with the gifts of Thy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Make the fruits of the Holy Spirit increase within us.
V. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created,
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us Pray:
God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, grant us by the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

O HOLY GHOST: Divine Spirit of light and love. I consecrate to Thee my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being, for time and eternity. May my understanding be always submissive to Thy heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the Catholic Church, of which you are the Infallible Guide. May my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor. May my will be ever conformed to the Divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to Whom, with the Father and Thee, be honor and glory forever. Amen.

1.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul , . . I adore You.  Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.

Tell me what I should do . . . give me Your orders.

I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.  Let me only know Your will.

2.  A Secret of Sanctity

I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness.  If every day during five minutes, you will keep your imagination quiet, shut your eyes to all the things of sense, and close your ears to all the sounds of earth, so as to be able to withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptized soul, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, speaking there to that Holy Spirit saying:

O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore You.  Enlighten, guide, strength, and console me.  Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it.  I promise to be submissive in everything that You permit to happen to me, only show me what is Your will.

If you do this, your life will pass happily and serenely.  Consolation will abound even in the midst of troubles.  Grace will be given in proportion to the trial as well as strength to bear it, bringing you to the gates of Paradise full of merit.

This submission to the Holy Spirit is the Secret of Sanctity.
Cardinal Mercier

3.  Daily Prayer To The Holy Spirit

Creator Spirit, come and visit the souls that are Yours; fill with heavenly grace the hearts that You created.

You are called by the names of Paraclete, gift of God most high, spring of life, fire, love and the soul’s anointing.

Seven gifts are Yours to give.  You are the finger of the Father’s firth hand.  You, the clear promise of the Father, give men’s tongues the grace of speech.

Kindle a light in our minds, pour love into our hearts and uphold with Your unfailing strength the frailty of our human nature.

Drive our enemy far from us and give us always the gift of peace; so may it be that, with Your grace ever guiding us in this way, we may avoid all that is sinful.

Grant that through You we may know the Father and the Son, and may we ever believe You to be the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever.  Amen.

4.  For Faith, Hope and Love

Holy Spirit, open my eyes and calm my mind.  Give me the recollection of the Father’s love, of the Son’s unceasing prayer, of the world as God’s world and of Your own presence within me.  Holy Spirit, give me faith.

Holy Spirit, reveal to me the truth of the Father’s unfailing purpose; of the Son’s victory and risen presence; the truth about myself – sinner yet child beloved of God, Holy Spirit give me hope.

Holy Spirit, give me peace; peace with God and peace with man.  Kindle my desire for You.  Strengthen my will to live and serve.  Teach me and lead me where You will.  Holy Spirit, give me love.

5.  For Holiness

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, O Holy Spirit, so that I may always be holy.

6.  To the Holy Spirit

Heavenly Father, You have called me to be a member of the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.  In Your goodness grant to me the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom, that I may understand the follies of this life;
Understanding, that I may grasp more fully the meaning of my existence and the purpose of all things in the world;
Counsel, that I may always choose the proper way;
Fortitude, that I may remain faithful to You under the pressure of temptation;
Knowledge, that I may always be aware of the ways of God;
Piety, that I may revered You in all I do, think, or say;
Fear of the Lord, if the motive of love should fail me, that I may be quickly awakened to the eternal consequences of my deeds. 

C
ome, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

7.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Almighty God, Adorable Spirit, Truth, Love and Light fill my soul with grace.  Enlighten my intellect so that I may know truth.  Direct my will so that I may choose good.  Move my soul so that I may completely love You, the Father and the Son.

8.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with Your holy gifts. 

Let my weakness be penetrated with Your strength this very day that I may fulfill all the duties of my state conscientiously, that I may do what is right and just.

Let my charity be such as to offend no one, and hurt no one’s feelings; so generous as to pardon sincerely any wrong done to me.

Assist me, O Holy Spirit, in all my trials of life, enlighten me in my ignorance, advise me in my doubts, strengthen me in my weakness, help me in all my needs, protect me in temptations and console me in afflictions.

Graciously hear me, O Holy Spirit, and pour Your light into my heart, my soul, and my mind.

Assist me to live a holy life and to grow in goodness and grace.  Amen.

9.  Abide With Us

O Holy Spirit of God, abide with us; inspire all our thoughts; fill our imagination; suggest all our decisions; order all our doings.

Be with us in our silence and in our speech, in our haste and in our leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening – and give us the grace at all times humbly to rejoice in Your mysterious companionship, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

10.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

11.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit, enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love.

Release upon our Church, the diverse gifts of your Spirit.  Grant that they may be received by open hearts, prepared and willing to cultivate these charisms, given to all believers, each unique, each important in service to the Body of Christ.

Strengthen us with your courage as we go forth, in the spirit of the first apostolic community, to spread the Good News to all peoples in all nations.

Bless our efforts in community with the peace, love, and the joy of your Spirit, unity in diversity, as we build up your Church for the sole purpose of your greater glory, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

12.  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 ever 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 Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening.”  Amen.

 13.  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 / the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with the 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.

14.  Devotion Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit, enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love.

Release upon our Church, the diverse gifts of your Spirit.  Grant that they may be received by open hearts, prepared and willing to cultivate these charisms, given to all believers, each unique, each important in service to the Body of Christ.

Strengthen us with your courage as we go forth, in the spirit of the first apostolic community, to spread the Good News to all peoples in all nations.

Bless our efforts in community with the peace, love, and the joy of your Spirit, unity in diversity, as we build up your Church for the sole purpose of your greater glory, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

15.  Prayer For Unity

One only Holy Spirit of Father and Son in whom all are baptized, one Giver of many gifts, one Tree of many fruits, one speaker of every tongue, renew in our day the wonders of Pentecost.

Grant that people of every race and nation may understand one another, and as one, proclaim the praises of God.  Grant that all may be one as you, Spirit, with the Father and the Son are one God, one Lord.

Grant unity to the body of Christ; grant unity to the human family.  Sole breath of every living thing, may all be one who, in you, live and move and have their being.


16.  Prayer for Vocations

O Holy Spirit we ask you to descend on the Christian youth of our land, so as to inspire them with the Spirit of sacrifice and love, and to give them the courage to accept the challenge.

May Your Spirit of Piety arouse in them zeal for souls; may Your Spirit of Fortitude give them the strength to listen to your voice; may your Spirit of Counsel guide them to a true vocation; may Your Spirit of knowledge make them realize the truth of the words of Holy Scripture, “He who causes a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul”; may Your Spirit of Wisdom point out to them the nobility of Your service.

17.  Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Pope

Holy Spirit, source of all gifts, give to Your shepherd, the pope, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a Spirit of knowledge and love.

Holy Spirit help Your Pope to govern with fidelity those entrusted to his care.  May he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

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