Franciscan Footprints

9 Day NovenaAfter Jesus ascended to Heaven, His Apostles, together with Mary and other followers, continued to pray together until the feast of Pentecost.  Then, in accordance with Jesus’ promise, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.”  These nine days of prayer, reported in Acts 1:14 and 2: 3-4, remembers the nine days between the Ascension of Our Lord and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost Sunday.  This was the first Novena on which all later Novenas have been based.

In the year 1897, Pope Leo XIII issued an encyclical on the Holy Spirit, DIVINUM ILLUD MUNUS, in which he requests that a novena, along with indulgences, should be said throughout the Church in preparation for the feast of Pentecost.  See section 13 of this encyclical.

A Novena to the Holy Spirit is the most exceptional of all novenas and most apt for our times, to give new energy to devotion to the Holy Spirit.

The Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis will begin the novena, found in our Community Prayer Manual, this Friday, May 6, 2016 until the vigil of Pentecost, May 14, 2016.  I invite you to join us in the novena!  You can find various versions of the novena on the web, for example:

Come, Holy Spirit!


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