VENI CREATOR & PRAYERS TO THE HOLY GHOST
AND THE LITANY OF THE HOLY GHOST
Come Holy Ghost, Creator come,
From Thy bright heavenly throne!
Come take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine own!
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best Gift of God above,
The Living Spring, the Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!
Thou who art seven-fold in Thy
Finger of God's right Hand,
His promise, teaching little ones,
To speak and understand!
O guide our minds with Thy blest
With love our hearts inflame,
And with Thy strength which ne'er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe,
Beneath Thy sacred wing.
Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them Both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.
All glory to the Father be,
And to the risen Son;
The same to Thee, O Paraclete,
While endless ages run.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY
Come, Holy Ghost,
fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire
of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy
Spirit and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God who didst
instruct the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy
Ghost, grant that, by the same Spirit, we may be truly wise,
and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, our
OTHER PRAYERS TO
THE HOLY GHOST
O Holy Spirit, sweet
Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever
abide in Thee.
Incline, O most
gracious Lord, your ears of mercy to our prayers, and
enlighten our hearts by the grace of the Holy Ghost, so that
we may worthily celebrate your mysteries and love you with
an everlasting love.
O God, before whom
every heart lies open and to whom every desire speaks and
from whom no secret lies hid, cleanse the thoughts of our
hearts by the pouring forth of your Holy Ghost, so that we
may be worthy to love you perfectly and worthily to praise
Inflame, O Lord, our
reins and our hearts with the fire of your Holy Ghost, so
that we may serve you with a chaste mind and please you with
a clean heart.
We beseech you, O
Lord, that the Comforter, who proceeds from you, may
enlighten our minds, and lead us, as your Son has promised,
unto all truth.
May the power of
your Holy Ghost, we beseech you, O Lord, be present unto us,
mercifully to cleanse our hearts and to defend them from all
O God, who taught
the hearts of the faithful by the light of your Holy Ghost,
grant that in the same spirit we may be truly wise and ever
rejoice in his consolation.
Cleanse, we beseech
you, O Lord, our consciences by your visitation, so that
when our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, shall come he may find
in us a dwelling prepared for him; who lives and rules with
you in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
PRAYER FOR THE
SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the
Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thine Apostles
and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me,
that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy
love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the
perishable things of this world and aspire only after the
things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding, to
enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth; the
Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of
pleasing God and gaining Heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude,
that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome
with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the
Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and
grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of
Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable;
the Spirit of Fear, that I may be filled with a loving
reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease
Him. Mark me, Dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true
disciples, and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit.
A NOVENA PRAYER TO
THE HOLY GHOST FOR A SPECIAL FAVOUR
O Holy Ghost, thou
art the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity! Thou art the
Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the
Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things! I adore
Thee and love Thee with all my heart. Teach me to know and
to seek God, by whom and for whom I was created. Fill my
heart with a holy fear and a great love of Him. Give me
compunction and patience, and do not let me fall into sin.
Increase in me
faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in me all the
virtues proper to my state of life. Help me to grow in the
four Cardinal Virtues, Thy seven Gifts and Thy twelve
Make me a faithful
follower of Jesus Christ, an obedient child of the Church,
and a help to my neighbour. Give me the grace to keep the
Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily. Raise
me to holiness in the state of life to which Thou hast
called me, and lead me through a happy death to everlasting
life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Grant me also, O
Holy Ghost, Giver of all good gifts, the special favour for
which I ask (name it), if it be for Thy honour and
glory and for my well-being.
Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in
the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST
Most Holy Ghost,
receive the consecration that I make of my entire being.
From this moment on, come into every area of my life and
into each of my actions. Thou art my Light, my Guide, my
Strength, and the sole desire of my heart. I abandon myself
without reserve to Thy divine action, and I desire to be
ever docile to Thine inspirations. O Holy Ghost, transform
me, with and through Mary, into another Christ Jesus, for
the glory of the Father and the salvation of the world.
(Fr Felix de Jesus Rougier)
THE HOLY GHOST
O Holy Ghost, divine
Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my
understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being, for
time and eternity. May my understanding be always submissive
to Thy heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the
Catholic Church, of which Thou art the Infallible Guide. May
my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my
neighbour. May my will be ever conformed to the divine will,
and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life
and virtues of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to Whom,
with the Father and Thee, be honour and glory forever. Amen.
AN ACT OF OBLATION
TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees before
the great cloud of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself body
and soul to Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the
brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy
justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and
light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and have my being.
I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace,
and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest
sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and
grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy
light, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee
and give myself to Thee, and I ask Thee by Thy compassion to
watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of
Jesus, looking at His five Wounds, trusting in His Precious
Blood and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I
implore Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to
keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee with
the sin which Thou wilt not forgive. Grant to me the grace,
O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and of the Son, to say
to Thee always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant
(After a prayer by Cardinal Newman)
A PRAYER FOR THE
O Holy Spirit,
Creator, mercifully assist Thy Catholic Church, and by Thy
heavenly power strengthen and establish her against the
assaults of all her enemies. By Thy love and grace renew the
spirit of Thy servants whom Thou hast anointed, that in Thee
they may glorify the Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
(From the Raccolta.)
A PRAYER FOR THE
PROPAGATION OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH
O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of truth, come into our hearts; shed the brightness
of Thy light upon the nations, that they may please Thee in
unity of faith.
(From the Raccolta.)
LITANY OF THE HOLY
(For private use.)
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Father all powerful, have
mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world,
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless Life of both,
Holy Trinity, hear us.
Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the
Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son,
enter our hearts.
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, have mercy on us.
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us.
Consuming Fire, have mercy on us.
Ardent Charity, have mercy on us.
Spiritual Unction, have mercy on us.
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us.
Gift of God the Most High, have mercy on us.
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy
Holy Ghost, inspire us with
horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light into our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire us in the practice of good.
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, who
takest away the sins of the world, send us Thy Holy
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, pour
down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant
us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.
V. Come Holy Ghost!
Fill the hearts of Thy faithful.
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let us pray. Grant,
O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten,
inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His
heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through our
Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of
the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.