Novena to the Holy Spirit: Prepare Your Soul for Amazing Gifts

The Novena to the Holy Spirit is a nine-day prayer that goes back to the early Church, particularly when Mary and the Apostles waited in the Upper Room from Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday. Start the Novena this Friday, May 11 and continue until Saturday, May 19, the Eve of Pentecost. Each day includes a short meditation on the Gift of the Spirit you will receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation at Pentecost, and the day headings below include what to say and the prayers that follow.

FIRST DAY, May 11

SECOND DAY, May 12

THIRD DAY, May 13

FOURTH DAY, May 14

FIFTH DAY, May 15

SIXTH DAY, May 16

SEVENTH DAY, May 17

EIGHTH DAY, May 18

NINTH DAY, May 19

The Church has enriched this novena with plenary indulgences:
  • The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Spirit preceding the feast of Pentecost may gain a Plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises in the community; and moreover, go to confession, and receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father's intentions on Pentecost Sunday.
  • Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Spirit, either before Pentecost or at any other time in the year may gain a Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from being part in the same.

The novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the First Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. After this novena, the faithful are encouraged to continue and pray the novena whenever they wish.