“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:
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.