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Ascension Thursday

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ascends20Ascension Day is the celebration of Christ ascending into heaven after His death, burial and resurrection.

Also known as Ascension Thursday, it occurs on the Thursday 40 days after Easter. The Feast of Ascension is now, by and large, celebrated in the Western Church on the following Sunday.

The first great Novena (meaning nine) of Prayer occurred in the upper room in Jerusalem, when the disciples returned to the city after witnessing the Ascension. Jesus had instructed  them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. 

On the Mount of Olives, just before He ascended, He told them, 'you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth'. 

And so they gathered, as many as 120 people, around Mary, His mother, and prayed for nine days.

The Novena to the Holy Spirit, for those who  practice it, commences tomorrow, Friday, and ends on  Saturday, the vigil of Pentecost.

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A Novena to the Holy Spirit

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from Fri 14th - Sat 22nd May (2021)

Prayer
for the
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
(St. Alphonsus Liguori)

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God,
with God the Father and God the Son.
I adore You and unite myself to the adoration
You receive from the angels and saints.  
                                                                      
I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. 

O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favours, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervour, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may comprehend the divine mysteries and, by contemplation of heavenly things, detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.  Amen.

The Glorious Mysteries
Litany of The Holy Spirit

At the end of each decade of the Rosary, say :

Come, O Holy Spirit. 
Come by means of the powerful
intercession
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse.  

FINAL PRAYER

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in us
the fire of Your love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit, and we shall be created

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of Your faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of Fatima

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Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three poor shepherd children near the village of Fatima in west-central Portugal, approximately 110 kilometers north of Lisbon. Today Fatima is one of the most visited Marian shrines in the world.


"A Lady clothed in white"

On May 13, 1917, the three children took their flocks out to pasture in an isolated ravine known as the "Cova da Iria". After lunch they suddenly saw two bright flashes of lightening. They looked up and saw "a lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water, lit by burning sunlight." The children stood there amazed, as the Lady smiled and said: "Do not be afraid, I will not harm you."


Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta

 

Some of the vast crowd who witnessed the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in October 1917 on the occasion of Our Lady's sixth and final apparition (Newspaper Photo of the time)

As the oldest, Lucia asked the woman where she came from. The Lady pointed to the sky and said: "I come from heaven." Lucia then asked her what she wanted: "I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire."

 

Excerpt from "Miracle of Fatima"
Secrets of Fatima
Litany of Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima in May