Prayers to the Holy Spirit

  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

    On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body 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 am. 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. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and 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. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.”

    Amen.


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  • Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)

    Come, Holy Spirit,
    send down those beams,
    which sweetly flow in silent streams
    from Thy bright throne above.

    O come, Thou Father of the poor;
    O come, Thou source of all our store,
    come, fill our hearts with love.

    O Thou, of comforters the best,
    O Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
    the pilgrim’s sweet relief.

    Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet
    refreshment in the noonday heat;
    and solace in our grief.

    O blessed Light of life Thou art;
    fill with Thy light the inmost heart
    of those who hope in Thee.

    Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
    have any price or worth in man,
    nothing can harmless be.

    Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
    refresh from heaven our barren clay,
    our wounds and bruises heal.

    To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
    warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
    our wandering feet recall.

    Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
    whose only hope is Thy sure word,
    the sevenfold gifts of grace.

    Grant us in life Thy grace that we,
    in peace may die and ever be,
    in joy before Thy face.
    Amen. Alleluia.


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  • Aspirations or Invocations

    (An aspiration is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day)

    i. Spirit of God, loving and free; Spirit of God, flow through me.

    ii. Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds.

    iii. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our decision to follow Jesus.

    iv. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings.

    v. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day.

    vi. Holy Spirit, enlighten, inflame and purify us.

    vii. Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.

    viii. Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.

    ix. Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.

    x. Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.

    xi. Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.

    xii. Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.

    xiii. Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.

    xiv. Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.

    xv. Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.


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  • Holy Spirit Prayer of Cardinal Mercier

    O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to submit to everything that You ask of me and to accept all that You allow to happen to me. Just show me what is Your will.


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  • Holy Spirit Prayer of St. Augustine

    Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
    Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
    Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
    Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
    Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.


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  • Short Prayers to the Holy Spirit

    i. O Holy Spirit, I humbly ask You, be with me always so that in all things, I may act under the influence of Your holy inspiration. Amen.

    ii. O Come Holy Spirit… come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse.

    iii. O Holy Spirit, pour Your light into my heart, my soul, and my mind and fill me with Your wisdom and understanding. Amen.

    iv. Assist me, O Holy Spirit, to live a holy life and to grow in goodness and grace. Amen.

    v. Spirit of grace and prayer, enter our hearts. Spirit of love and truth, enter our hearts. Spirit of peace and meekness, enter our hearts. Spirit of modesty and innocence, enter our hearts. Spirit of counsel and fortitude, enter our hearts. Spirit of the fear of the Lord, enter our hearts.

    vi. Assist me, O Holy Spirit, in all my trials of life, enlighten me in my ignorance, advise me in my doubts, strengthen me in my weakness, help me in all my needs, protect me in temptations and console me in afflictions. Amen.


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  • A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    Holy Spirit,
    Divine Counselor,
    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 favors,
    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 fervor,
    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 apprehend 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.


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  • Prayer for Holiness

    O Holy Spirit, we praise and worship You. O Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we praise You for Your boundless goodness and grace.  Lord, sanctify our hearts from the malice of sin.  Protect us from satan and all evil spirits.  Create in us a new heart, filled with holiness and purity. O Holy Spirit, set our hearts on fire with the love of God.  Grant us the grace to serve You with purity of heart and body.

    Aspirations (pray repeatedly)

    Come Holy Spirit and purify sanctify my thoughts.
    Come Holy Spirit and purify my emotions.
    Come Holy Spirit and purify my memories.
    Come Holy Spirit and purify my attitudes.
    Come Holy Spirit and sanctify my entire being with Your fire.


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