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PENTECOST NOVENA 2024 - Friday 17 May: Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Sign of the Cross

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.


For those in our Parish who have newly immigrated to New Zealand. That their physical needs will be met and that they will find a place of welcome and communion within the parish.

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as a pledge of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. These fruits mark the lives of those who live by the Spirit, as St. Paul tells the Galatians when he writes: "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's lead" (5:16-17).

The fruits of the Holy Spirit produce spiritual delight and fill with joy the hearts of those who belong to Christ.

May the Holy Spirit fill us with "the joy of living the Gospel," so that many others may be drawn to Christ and his Church, as the fruit of a new Pentecost in our time.

Let us pray

Holy Spirit, eternal Love of the Father and the Son, kindly bestow on us the fruit of charity, that we may be united to you by divine love; the fruit of joy, that we may be filled with holy consolation; the fruit of peace, that we may enjoy tranquility of soul; and the fruit of goodness, that we may live the gospel without wavering. Divine Spirit, be pleased to infuse in us the fruit of generosity, that we may willingly meet our neighbors' needs; the fruit of kindness, that we may be benevolent toward all; the fruit of patience, that we may not be discouraged by delay but may persevere in prayer and charity; and the fruit of gentleness, that we may subdue every rising of ill temper, stifle every murmur, and overcome the sinful tendencies of our nature in all our dealings with our neighbor. Creator Spirit, graciously impart to us the fruit of faithfulness, that we may rely with assured confidence on the Word of God; the fruit of modesty, that we may order our demeanor properly; and the fruits of self-control and chastity, that we may keep our bodies in such holiness as befits your temple, so that having by your assistance preserved our hearts pure on earth, we may merit in Jesus Christ, according to the words of the Gospel, to see God eternally in the glory of his kingdom. Amen.

Mary, Model of Life in the Spirit, pray for us.


Scriptures regarding the Holy Spirit

Luke 11:13

"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 14:26

"But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and

remind you of all that I have said to you."

Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 2:38

"Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of

the Holy Spirit."

Acts 9:31

"Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers."

Romans 5:5b

"God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."

1 Corinthians 6:19

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?"

1 Corinthians 12:3b

"No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit."

Ephesians 1:13

In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;

2 Timothy 1:14

"Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us."

Titus 3:5

"He saved us, not because of any works of

righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."

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