Heading for Pentecost: Today begins the Novena to the Holy Spirit

Jasjot Singh

Next Sunday, June 5, the Catholic Church will celebrate Pentecost, which is the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles. As preparation, we present a novena in honor of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.

The Novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all the novenas, since it was first done under the direction of our Lord himself, when he sent his apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit in the first Pentecost.

It remains the only Novena officially prescribed by the Catholic Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love that every Christian so badly needs, especially in these difficult times.

During the Solemnity of Pentecost 2021, Pope Francis recalled that the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, “is the Comforter”, noting that “all of us, especially in difficult times like the one we are going through, due to the pandemic, seek consolation “.

However, he warned that “frequently we resort only to earthly consolations, which soon disappear. They are consolations of the moment.”

“Jesus offers us today the consolation of heaven, the Spirit, the perfect comforter. What is the difference? The consolations of the world are like painkillers, which give momentary relief, but do not cure the deep evil that we carry within. They evade, they distract, but they do not heal the roots. They calm superficially, in the realm of the senses and hardly the heart”.

Pope Francis then stressed that “we too are called to bear witness in the Holy Spirit, to be paracletes, comforters.”

“Yes, the Spirit asks us to give form to his consolation. How? Not with great speeches, but by making ourselves close; not with circumstantial words, but with prayer and closeness”.

“We remember that closeness, compassion and tenderness is God’s style. Always,” he said.

Next, the novena for the Anointing of the Holy Spirit:

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