Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit


A few years ago I discovered a "10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit" in my favorite little prayer book. This devotion is a series of prayers starting on Friday after the feast of the Ascension (Friday, May 30th) and ending on Pentecost (Sunday, June 8th). I love that we can follow in the footsteps of the apostles, who were waiting in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I tend to direct most of my prayers to Jesus, but I know it's also important to pray to the Holy Spirit.

Each day of the devotion starts with a opening prayer, includes a reflection, and ends with a closing prayer. I will be starting the devotion on May 29th and have included the prayers and reflection topics (from my little prayer book and also online at Catholic News Agency) below. I will be praying for our future adoption and for my readers. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me with specific intentions.

Introductory Prayer:
Come, O Holy Spirit! Enlighten my understanding in order that I may know your commands; strengthen my heart against the snares of the enemy; enkindle my will. I have heard your voice, and I do not want to harden my heart and resist, saying "Later... tomorrow." Nunc coepi! Right now! Lest there be no tomorrow for me!

O, Spirit of truth and wisdom, Spirit of understanding and counsel, Spirit of joy and peace! I want what you want, because you want it, as you want it, when you want it.

Considerations
Day One - Pentecost: The day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Lord's disciples.
Day Two - The Holy Spirit: Present in the Church for all time.
Day Three - The Church: The Body of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.
Day Four - Our faith in the Holy Spirit: Necessarily complete.
Day Five - The Holy Spirit: Present among us.
Day Six - The action of the Holy Spirit: Teaching how to correspond to it.
Day Seven - The gift of wisdom: Making us know God and rejoice in His presence.
Day Eight - The Holy Spirit: Living according to Him.
Day Nine - Docility, life of prayer, and union with the cross: Fundamental points.
Day Ten - Beginning: And beginning again.

Concluding Prayer:
Holy and Divine Spirit! Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Spouse, bring the fullness of Your gifts into our hearts. Comforted and strengthened by You, may we live according to Your Will and die praising Your infinite mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea! June 8 is my birthday, so how perfect :) If you wouldn't mind including prayers for my little one, for her health and safety, I would be so grateful. Thank you and God bless you!!

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    1. I'll definitely keep you and baby in prayer.

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  2. Love this, and I hope I remember to come back each day to join in! Besides the obvious, my intention for myself and all those waiting right now is that we will fully live in each moment given to us, loving those that our in our lives right now in whatever ways we can, and that the fruit of our pain will be beyond our wildest imagination. I'll be praying for your adoption as well!

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    1. Amen!!! I will be praying for your intentions.

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  3. I'm just seeing this now and would love to join in! Thanks for posting about it. :) And thanks for offering to pray for us. Please pray that John and I can be blessed by a little one through adoption or conception soon. And that we always keep our hearts open to God's will in our lives. Thank, MB!

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