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Intercession 2016-2017

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Intercessory Prayer, News & Events | 0 comments

Intercession 2016-2017

doveflamesPray that the Holy Spirit

will inflame our world!

Did you know…

…that for eight years there has been a movement among us to set aside three times each year for united intercession, for God to spread baptism in the Holy Spirit and his gifts ?

This year the dates are:

The Feast of Christ the King – November 20, 2016

The Friday before Ash Wednesday – February 24, 2017

The nine days from Ascension to Pentecost – Friday May 26, 2017 through Saturday June 3, 2017

Did you know…

…that you and your prayer group or community can join in this mighty effort?  Here are some resources that your group can use:

NSC Intercession Times Brochure

Article on Intercession on the Feast of Christ the King

An article about the worldwide Pentecost novena is available on page 10 & 11 of the 2009 Pentecost Today issue found here: Apr-June 2009 Pentecost Today

 

Did you know…

that you can sign up today to join in the world-wide Pentecost Prayer Vigil in this upcoming year of Jubilee?

Please decide when you would like to commit to pray for one or more hours, you can sign up at: virginia@wwccr.org

 

Pentecost Novena

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Intercessory Prayer, News & Events | 0 comments

Pentecost Novena

“The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.”

On May 4, 1897, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: “We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday (Pentecost), in all parish churches.”  (Encyclical On the Holy Spirit, 13)

Let’s join the world in praying a novena in preparation of Pentecost – beginning on Friday, the day after Ascension Thursday.  Here are links to a few of the Pentecost Novena formats available on the web:

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Prepare for the Pentecost Vigil with Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, The Wild Goose Project / Vigil Project.  For more information click here.

Holy Spirit Novena SLCCRO – developed by Jane Guenther, Chairman of the National Service Committee and Coordinator of the St. Louis Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office.

Burning Bush Novena – developed by Kim Kollins. Multiple formats are available to download and print.

Pentecost Novena – available on Presentation Ministries Website

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts – available from the EWTN website, focusing on the seven sanctifying gifts of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Isaiah 11

Holy Spirit Prayers – The Pentecost Sequence (Come, Holy Spirit) and the Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest) can both be found on this page.

Pentecost Novena 2016

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Intercessory Prayer, News & Events | 0 comments

Pentecost Novena 2016

Join us as we pray a Pentecost Novena!

On May 4, 1897, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: “We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a Novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday (Pentecost), in all parish churches…” (Encyclical On the Holy Spirit, 13)

Beginning today, on our Facebook page, we will post a daily scripture, meditation, and prayer for each day of the Pentecost Novena. Join us as we pray for more of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world!

(for a few different novena options to pray at your home or with your group visit our Pentecost Novena page).

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Following the Ascension of Our Lord, tradition says that the disciples gathered in the upper room together with Our Blessed Mother for the novena, nine days of prayer in anticipation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to the disciples to empower them to “be my witnesses…even to the ends of the earth.” (Acts1:8)

Today, as disciples of Jesus, we too join together in prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our parish, our faith communities, our families, and in ourselves. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses of love of God for our world.

This novena to the Holy Spirit has been designed for either individual or communal prayer. The spiritual impact of serious prayer and reflection is immeasurable.

The format of the Novena will be:

  • Invocation to the Holy Spirit
  • A daily theme to focus on
  • A Scripture reading related to the theme
  • A meditation followed by a reflection
  • Prayer for the day
  • Concluding prayers from the Prayers to the Holy Spirit Closing hymn (optional)

Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Cardinal Mercier
O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
Let me only know Your Will.

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus)
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O Comforter, to Thee we cry, Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.
O Finger of the hand divine, the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou, who dost the tongue with power endow.
Thy light to every sense impart, and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply to strengthen our infirmity.
Drive far away our ghostly foe, and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide, no evil can our steps betide.
Praise we the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of your grace and love. Grant us the Spirit of fear of the Lord that we may be filled with loving reverence toward you; the Spirit of piety that we might find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; the Spirit of fortitude that we may bear our cross with you and, with courage overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; the Spirit of knowledge that we may know you and know ourselves and grow in holiness; the Spirit of understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of your truth; the Spirit of counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing your will, seeking first the kingdom. Grant us the Spirit of wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever. Teach us to be your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with your Spirit. Amen.

Pentecost Novena 2015

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Intercessory Prayer, News & Events | 0 comments

Pentecost Novena 2015

Join us as we pray a Pentecost Novena!

On May 4, 1897, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: “We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a Novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday (Pentecost), in all parish churches…” (Encyclical On the Holy Spirit, 13)

Beginning tomorrow, on our Facebook page, we will post a daily scripture, meditation, and prayer for each day of the Pentecost Novena. Join us as we pray for more of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world!

(for a few different novena options to pray at your home or with your group visit our Pentecost Novena page).

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Following the Ascension of Our Lord, tradition says that the disciples gathered in the upper room together with Our Blessed Mother for the novena, nine days of prayer in anticipation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to the disciples to empower them to “be my witnesses…even to the ends of the earth.” (Acts1:8)

Today, as disciples of Jesus, we too join together in prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our parish, our faith communities, our families, and in ourselves. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses of love of God for our world.

This novena to the Holy Spirit has been designed for either individual or communal prayer. The spiritual impact of serious prayer and reflection is immeasurable.

The format of the Novena will be:

  • Invocation to the Holy Spirit
  • A daily theme to focus on
  • A Scripture reading related to the theme
  • A meditation followed by a reflection
  • Prayer for the day
  • Concluding prayers from the Prayers to the Holy Spirit Closing hymn (optional)

 

Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Cardinal Mercier
O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
Let me only know Your Will.

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus)
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O Comforter, to Thee we cry, Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.
O Finger of the hand divine, the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou, who dost the tongue with power endow.
Thy light to every sense impart, and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply to strengthen our infirmity.
Drive far away our ghostly foe, and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide, no evil can our steps betide.
Praise we the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of your grace and love. Grant us the Spirit of fear of the Lord that we may be filled with loving reverence toward you; the Spirit of piety that we might find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; the Spirit of fortitude that we may bear our cross with you and, with courage overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; the Spirit of knowledge that we may know you and know ourselves and grow in holiness; the Spirit of understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of your truth; the Spirit of counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing your will, seeking first the kingdom. Grant us the Spirit of wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever. Teach us to be your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with your Spirit. Amen.

Pentecost of the Nations 2015

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Intercessory Prayer, News & Events | 0 comments

Pentecost of the Nations 2015

Plan now to join with tens of thousands of other Catholics in fervent intercession “that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread for a new Culture of Pentecost in the Church for the New Evangelization.”

This is a response that the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal offers to the desire expressed by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis – that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread in the Church for a new “Culture of Pentecost” (JPII, May 2004; Benedict XVI, Sept 2005; Francis, May 2013)

What can you do now that will mobilize fervent intercession during the 9 days of the Pentecost Novena, May 15-23 this year?

  1. You can forward this page to prayer group leaders, community leaders, pastors, individuals.
  2. You can coordinate nine different prayer groups or parishes to each organize one evening of the novena – and spread the word to encourage folks to attend the novena in each of the nine different locations.
  3. You can recruit people to commit to one hour of prayer for “night & day prayer” during the nine days of the Novena. This could be done on a local, regional or diocesan level.

If your prayer group, community or parish organize or participate in any kind of Pentecost Novena and/or Pentecost Celebration, please let us know, so that we can report on what is happening in the United States. If you need more information, please contact the Intercessory Prayer Working Group of the NSC Council by calling Virginia at: 206-214-5671 or email at: virginia@wwccr.org.

The information below can also be downloaded (see promotion link) so that you may use to aid in planning, encouraging and promoting fervent intercession during the Pentecost Novena and Pentecost Celebration, May 15 through May 24th. Pentecost Novena Promotion


The Pentecost Novena…for a New Culture of Pentecost

“Oh, if only…unanimous and fervent prayers could be raised to Heaven in every part of Christendom as they were one in the Cenacle (upper room) of Jerusalem for a rekindling of the Divine Spirit.”
~Bl. Elena Guerra

Imagine what would happen if “unanimous and fervent prayers” were raised in every time zone in the world for nine days!

Imagine what would happen if we witnessed to the power of the Holy Spirit in every part of the world throughout the 24 hours of Pentecost Sunday!

Imagine what God could do if we united in prayer and celebration for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world!

Imagine our world transformed!


Part 1 – Together We Pray!

Operation Upper Room – May 15 – 23, 2015

“Operation Upper Room” is a concerted initiative of prayer during the nine days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. It is a return to the Upper Room, to intercede with Mary and the disciples for the rekindling of the grace of the first Pentecost, rediscovering the life and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, whose original source is Pentecost.

Individuals, prayer groups, communities, and parishes are all encouraged to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit for the intention “that the spirituality of Pentecost will be spread for a new Culture of Pentecost in the Church for the New Evangelization.” Intercessors will be united together weaving a dense global “net” of prayer which will be continuous, night and day, during the nine days before Pentecost (on national, regional and local levels). One suggested novena format is the Burning Bush Novena. www.burningbushinitiative.com

There is no mandatory structure for Pentecost of the Nations prayer nets or events – all are free to utilize whatever prayers and events are familiar and fruitful to you as an individual, group or community…


Part 2 – Together We Celebrate!

Pentecost Celebrations – May 23-24, 2015

You are encouraged to organize a special event in your community or group. In unity with others throughout the nation and the world, these events will each testify to the “spirituality of Pentecost” as part of the great Charismatic family. Here are some objectives to keep in mind when planning:

  • Pentecost Celebration events provide a united witness and proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1.8).
  • Pentecost Celebration events may include charismatic prayer, praise & worship, short teachings, testimonies, a solemn invocation of the Holy Spirit and possibly a concert to glorify God!

Part 3 – Together we support Catholic Charismatic Renewal!

These Pentecost events provide a great chance to grow in unity with the mission of Catholic Charismatic Renewal at the local, national and international levels. They are also a good opportunity to organize an official collection during the 10 days of events to give financial support to your local Renewal office, to the National Service Committee and to the international office of ICCRS.

“Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 3:20-21

For more information click on these links:
The Burning Bush Initiative
Intercessory Prayer Resources
Pentecost of the Nations Flyer – ICCRS

The Feast of Christ the King

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Intercessory Prayer | 0 comments

The Feast of Christ the King

On the Feast of Christ the King, the NSC invites us all to prepare for the Season of Advent by interceding that we, and the whole Church, come to a greater understanding of Jesus as the Christ, the anointed of the Spirit, who wants to baptize us with the Holy Spirit. NSC Intercession Times Brochure 2013_2015 is a flyer about how to join in this national day of intercession. Below is a reflection on the Feast of Christ the King.

The Feast of Christ the King

By Carol Sikorski

The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, which ultimately leaves God out of a person’s life and tempts the faithful to divert their attention away from God.

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, in preparation for Advent, we are called to turn away from the false gods of this world who seek not only to lead us astray from our eternal destiny but also keep us from living our life on earth as a Kingdom people.  The feast of Christ the King calls us to evaluate and, when necessary, re-adjust our mindset, our priorities, and goals.  We are called to see the seductions of the world for what they are, to turn to Christ more faithfully and live our lives as children of the King.

Understanding the traditional relationship between a king and his people is helpful so that we can apply those same concepts to our relationship with Christ our King. I recently read “The Levitical Principal” by Dennis Holt in which he described the protocol between a king and his people by outlining three principal components. The author has granted his permission to share his thoughts with you.

  • The greatness of a king is determined by two things:  The extent of his domain and the ability of the king to give away part of his domain and still remain great.
  • Those who are granted an audience with the king would never approach the throne without bringing a gift for the king, to demonstrate his/her respect for the king.  The visitor always presents the greatest gift he/she can bring, because the gift they give indicates the greatness of his/her life.
  • The king, in turn, presents the visitor with a gift.  But this gift must overpower and overshadow the gift presented by the visitor.  (see 2 Chronicles 9:1-12  as a biblical example when the Queen of Sheba met with King Solomon.)

Correlating the above example with the feast of Christ the King, the Lord of the universe invites each one of us daily to come into that face-to-face audience/relationship with Him.  In Malachi 1:14 God declares Himself a great King.  When we enter into His presence, we come bearing the gift that demonstrates our understanding of the great honor it is to be invited to fellowship with Him.

But what gift do we bring to this great King, the Lord?  We are told that we should bring the gift that is our greatest possession; that represents the greatness of our life.   Of course the gift we bring is the gift that we received from our Creator.  We lay down the gift of our free will, accepting the Lordship of Christ our King over our life.  We acknowledge with a humble and contrite heart that, of ourselves, we cannot do anything to merit heaven.  We depend totally on the grace and mercy of our Triune God.  When we offer our gift and enter into that relationship with the King, it is then that we have the capacity to receive the King’s gift to us.

His gift to us is so much more than what we have given, and it fills that God-shaped hole in us and fulfills all the longing of our hearts.  And what supreme gift does the King give to those that come and stand before His throne?  He gives us Himself, fully and completely, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We receive all the merits of Christ our Savior and Redeemer; we receive the love of the Father who desires that we be one with Him now and forever; and we receive His own Holy Spirit so that we can know our true identity as sons and daughters of the King, and be confident that “if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.”  Rom 8:11

The universal call to come and kneel before the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, and to receive from the King’s treasury, is extended to all people everywhere: the rich and poor, the powerful and powerless.  All are invited to abide in Christ the King and His Kingdom of light!

The feast of Christ the King calls us to become consciously aware of all the distractions of our secular society and to set our eyes on Christ the King and the day He will come again in glory.

NSC Intercession Times Brochure 2013_2015

The Holy Spirit is important in three major Liturgical Seasons of the year: This brochure lists those times and the special prayers for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

For a more complete article on this Intercession see Pentecost TodayApril/May/June 2009 p 10. This article and brochure was written by Fr. Bob Hogan.