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PENTECOST NOVENA 2024 - Thursday 16 May: Wisdom

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 are housebound through illness or old age. That they may have the grace to unite their suffering with Christ and so come into deeper communion with him. And that as a parish we will support and care for all those in need.


The gift of wisdom is nothing less than loving, contemplative union with God, which makes it possible for us to see all things from a divine perspective.

When it is understood in its full breadth, wisdom can rightly be called "communion," since it is a share in divine life, a union made perfect in the truth of love.

Embodying all the gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. It strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree.

May the Holy Spirit raise up our hearts and minds to rest in God alone, so that we, His people, may be living signs of a new Pentecost in our time.

Let us pray

Father, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations. May he permeate our thoughts, words and actions, so that bearing witness to the gift of salvation, your church may lead all people to Christ the Way, the Truth and the Life, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, 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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