The Pentecost Novena is traditionally prayed from the Friday after the Feast of the Ascension until the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday. It may, of course, be prayed at all other times as well.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has made available this edition of the Novena, and outlined the sources of much of the wording it contains.

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In the 19th Century Blessed Elena Guerra, the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, felt it was important that the Church be renewed to the passion of the first Christians at Pentecost and petitioned Pope Leo XXIII in the following manner:

“Pentecost is not over. In fact it is continuously going on in every time and in every place because the Holy Spirit desired to give Himself to all men and all who want Him can always receive Him, so we do not envy the apostles and the first believers; we only have to dispose ourselves like them to receive Him well, and He will come to us as He did to them.”

This novena is a result of Blessed Elena’s petition and has been used down the centuries to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


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