Novenas and Prayers

 

 

Hope in the Future

Hope in the Future is an invitation to every parish in the Diocese to recognise and develop their missionary identity and their call to evangelise.

 

First and foremost this process needs to be rooted in prayer and sustained by prayer which is why we are encouraged to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

Hope in the Future, builds on Faith in the Future. The theme of Hope which is key to the catechesis of Pope Francis.

 

 

The Prayer of St Francis before the Cross at San Damiano.
“Most High glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart. Give me a right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, so I can always observe your holy and true command. Amen.”

 

PARISH NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

 

Day 1. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you

Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Wisdom 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 2. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you


Spirit of the Living God,
Grant us today the gift of Piety 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 3. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you


Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Courage  so that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 4. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you


Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Knowledge  so that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 5. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you



Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Understanding 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 6. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you



Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Counsel 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Day 7. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you


Grant us today the gift of Awe and Wonder 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.
 

Day 8. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you



Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Healing 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.
 

Day 9. Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, before ascending to your Father you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples. 

 

We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit upon our Parish and give us:


The Spirit of Wisdom that we may discern the way forward
The Spirit of Piety that we may love you with true devotion
The Spirit of Courage that we may witness to you come what may
The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know you in friendship and love
The Spirit of Understanding that our minds will be enlightened by truth
The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the right path to follow
The Spirit of Awe and Wonder that we may be filled with loving reverence for you



Spirit of the Living God, 
Grant us today the gift of Discernment 
So that we may work together to make our parish ever more missionary.

Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your people And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth.

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A prayer of St Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not
change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone
suffices. God has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the
world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands
with which He is to bless His people. Amen.

St Jude patron of difficult and hopeless cases

Most holy Apostle St. Jude Thaddeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the Church honours and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless casesand of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore you, of that particular  accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help, where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succour of heaven  in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with you and all the elect. 

I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, and I  never cease to honour you as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen. 

 

 

A Prayer of St John Cardinal Henry Newman


God has created me to do Him some definite service, He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I will be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it – if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore I will trust Him, whatever, whenever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him, if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain.
He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me – still He knows what He is about.

 

 

Divine Mercy Novena Good Friday to Easter Saturday

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.

 

Divine Mercy Novena

 

March, the Novena of St Joseph

  God our Father, creator and ruler of the universe, in every age you call humanity to develop and use our gifts for the good of others.

  With Saint Joseph as our example and guide, help us to do the work you have asked and come to the life you have promised.

  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

March, our Novena of Grace with St Francis Xavier

 


 

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