About the 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, para. 13)
How can you participate?
Pray the novena in your own prayer time or with your family.
Gather together in your prayer group to pray the novena and as an opportunity to fellowship.
Organize the Pentecost Novena in your parish community. Whether it be a formal event or simply a group of people praying together after daily Mass, this could be a wonderful opportunity for the whole parish. WWCCR website
Let’s join the world in praying a novena in preparation of Pentecost – beginning on Friday, May 22, 2020. Here are links to a few of the Pentecost Novena formats available on the web:
- Novena to the Holy Spirit — Developed by Jane Guenther, Chairman of the National Service Committee and Coordinator of the St. Louis Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office.
- Novena to the Holy Spirit — Join Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, The Wild Goose Project.
- Pentecost Novena (English) — Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, OK.
- Pentecost Novena – available on Presentation Ministries Website.