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Following Jesusโ€™ Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to gather in unity in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜.

SFA Prayer Ministry will be organizing a ๐Ÿต-๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ from the 10th of May to the 18th of May, before the weekday/weekend masses.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜, just as the disciples did in the upper room! Together, let us prepare ourselves to receive the gifts and fruits of the Spirit, so that we may be empowered to live lives of holiness and service in accordance with God's will.



Day 1: The Holy Spirit

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The Novena to the Holy Spirit Prayer, also known as the Pentecost Novena, commemorates the nine days between the Ascension of Our Lord and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost Sunday. During this time, Our Lady and the twelve Apostles prayed in the upper room for the coming of the Paraclete.

Each day of the novena focuses on a different aspect of the Holy Spirit or a specific gift attributed to the Spirit, such as Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Holy Fear.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. Let us invoke the Holy Spirit and pray this novena with expectant faith over the next 9 days.


Day 2: The Gift of Holy Fear

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โ€œ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘”๐‘–๐‘›๐‘›๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š; ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”. ๐ป๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ!โ€ - ๐‘ƒ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘š 111:10

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ, and the confidence that He will supply us with the grace we need to stay on the right path. Our desire to please God comes from a deep love for Him, much like piety. This fear helps us steer clear of sin and worldly attachments, recognizing Godโ€™s goodness and His deserving of our complete devotion.

Grant us, O Lord, the Gift of Holy Fear, that we may walk in reverence and love, staying faithful to Your will.


Day 3: The Gift of Piety

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โ€œ๐‘‡๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘–๐‘”๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’โ€™๐‘  โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’โ€™๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“.โ€ โ€“ ๐‘ƒ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘’ ๐น๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘–๐‘ 

The Gift of Piety, bestowed by the Holy Spirit, ignites within us a deep love for God akin to the affection children hold for their father. It moves us to offer God the reverence and adoration befitting His role as Creator and Lord. Piety also enjoins us to uphold the natural order established by God, which includes honouring our parents, elders, and authorities. It empowers us to serve our neighbours with genuine love and compassion.

O Holy Spirit, Spirit of piety, give to my heart the spirit of filial love!


Day 4: The Gift of Fortitude

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"๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐ผ ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข? ๐ต๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’; ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘‘, ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘’๐‘‘, ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ฟ๐‘‚๐‘…๐ท ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘”๐‘œ."

In Scripture, the greatest example of fortitude is exemplified through the journey, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He resisted temptations, remained steadfast despite criticism, and endured the suffering of the cross. Jesus was sustained by the gift of fortitude to see the journey through to its glorious end.

The gift of fortitude equips us with an inexhaustible wellspring of divine perseverance to live out our faith until our final moments, leading us towards heaven. This gift is developed each time we decide to do the right thing, approach a life challenge with faith, and say โ€œyesโ€ to God.

Strengthen us, O Lord, in the virtue of fortitude, so that we may witness Godโ€™s amazing grace in our lives.


Day 5: The Gift of Knowledge

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"๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘“๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘'๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘ง๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’. ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘“๐‘ก, ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘ , ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘'๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘›." โ€“ ๐‘ƒ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘’ ๐น๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘–๐‘ 

The gift of knowledge enables individuals to understand divine mysteries and truths, especially concerning faith and salvation. Those graced with this gift possess the ability to discern spiritual truths, grasp scripture and religious teachings more deeply, and apply these insights into their daily lives.

O Holy Spirit, help us grow in the knowledge that enables us to perceive the love with which God guides the world, to respond with gratitude, and to praise him for his infinite goodness and love.


Day 6: The Gift of Understanding

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๐ฝ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ , โ€œ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ป๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘†๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐ผ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข.โ€

When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, it makes us grow day by day in the understanding of the deeper meanings of sacred Scripture and the mysteries of faith, leading to a more meaningful and lived faith experience.

Fill us, Holy Spirit, with the gift of understanding, so that we may know how to love and serve God more faithfully!


Day 7: The Gift of Counsel

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โ€œ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™; ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘ ๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘š๐‘’.โ€ โ€“ ๐‘ƒ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘š 16:7

Through the gift of counsel, the Holy Spirit enlightens our heart and guides our thoughts, words and deeds in accordance with God's redemptive plan. This empowers us to move beyond self-centeredness and to see all things with the eyes of Christ. By embracing this insight, we are better equipped to make decisions grounded in faith and integrity.

Grant us, O Lord, the gift of counsel, that we may discern Your will and walk in the light of Your wisdom.


Day 8: The Gift of Wisdom

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โ€œ๐ต๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’, ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’, ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘’, ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›, ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ , ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ.โ€ - ๐ฝ๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘’๐‘  3:17

Pope Francis explained that wisdom cannot be learned. It is the grace of being able to see everything through the eyes of God - perceiving the world, situations, circumstances, and problems with His perspective, and speaking with His words. The heart of the wise has a taste and savour for God. They become a beautiful and living sign of His presence and love.

Bestow upon us, O Lord, the Gift of Wisdom, so that we will see with Godโ€™s eyes, to feel with Godโ€™s heart, to speak with Godโ€™s words.


Day 9: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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โ€œ๐ต๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘—๐‘œ๐‘ฆ, ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’, ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’, ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ , ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ , ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ , ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ , ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“-๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘™; ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ ๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ค.โ€ - ๐บ๐‘Ž๐‘™ 5:22-23

The fruits of the Spirit reflect the character of the Holy Spirit, flourishing in the lives of believers who are filled with His presence. Through prayer, scripture, fellowship, and service, our communion with God nurtures fertile ground for His transformative work, shaping us in His likeness. These fruits, bestowed not solely for our own benefit, but also to enrich the lives of those we touch, bear witness to His grace and love.

Father God, bestow upon us the grace to nurture the abundant fruits of the Holy Spirit, that our lives may shine with the reflection of Your divine nature.



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