For today, we suggest you might like to read tomorrow’s Gospel reflectively – (it needs quite a few reads!) – & use one or other, or both, of the Novena prayers.
At the end of your prayer time, you might enjoy the sung blessing.
‘Jesus’s Farewell Discourse’
John 17 1-11
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them.
I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.
Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 2
The Holy Spirit.
She comes with mother’s kindnesses
And bends to touch and heal.
She gives her heart away in love
For those who cannot feel.
She comes with lover’s tenderness
To answer love’s appeal,
She gives her body with her heart
To make her passion real.
She comes with worker’s faithfulness
To sow and reap and spin.
She bends her back in common task
To gather harvest in.
She comes with artist’s joyfulness
To make and shape and sing,
She gives her hands and from them grows
A free and lovely thing.
She comes, a child in humbleness
And trust is in her eyes,
And through them all of life appears
In wondering surprise.
She comes with sister’s carefulness,
Strong to support and bind,
Her voice will speak for justice’ sake,
And peace is in her mind.
She comes with power like the night
And glory like the day,
Her reign is in the heart of things,
Oh come, Holy Spirit, to us and stay.
Kathy Galloway. lona Community 1989.
Invocation of the Holy Spirit
Come, true light.
Come, life eternal.
Come, hidden mystery.
Come, treasure without name.
Come, reality beyond all words.
Come, person beyond all understanding.
Come, rejoicing without end.
Come, light that knows no evening.
Come, unfailing expectation of the saved.
Come, raising of the fallen.
Come, resurrection of the dead.
Come, all-powerful, for unceasingly you create, refashion and change all
things by your will alone.
Come, for your name fills our hearts with longing, and is ever on our lips.
Come, for you are yourself the desire that is within me.
Come, my breath and my life.
Come, the consolation of my humble soul.
Come, my joy, my glory, my endless delight.
Come, Holy Spirit!
St Symeon the New Theologian