Novena: Pray With Mary for a New Pentecost

Benedictine College has a long history of gathering Memorare Armies to pray for intentions from enrollment to religious liberty.

Now, with Pentecost nine days away, we invite members of the Memorare Army and others to pray for a new Pentecost.

“We need to pray for a New Pentecost for the Church in this hour!” said Pope Francis in his first year as Pope. “The Church needs to rise up in this hour with the same power with which she transformed the world of the first centuries. She can — by the power of the Holy Spirit!”

Pope Francis is just the latest Pope to pray for a New Pentecost on the Church.

“Let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost for the Church in America,” said Pope Benedict in America in 2008.

“By his power the Holy Spirit is truly able to effect in the Church a new Pentecost,” John Paul to American Bishops in 1988.

And our own Archbishop Joseph Naumann recently said: “I believe the Lord wants a new burst of evangelical energy to come forth from America’s Heartland. This new outpouring of the Holy Spirit is not to be restricted to college campuses, but is to penetrate the very core of our Catholic community — our parishes. It is time for a new Pentecost!”

On the nine days from Ascension Thursday (May 25) to Pentecost Sunday (June 4), we invite you to pray with us for a new Pentecost.

Each day includes a reading from the Catechism about the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit and includes a prayer to the Holy Spirit and a Memorare.

Day One: The Holy Spirit Overshadows Us All

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“‘The Spirit comes upon the Virgin Mary and ‘overshadows’ her, so that she might conceive and give birth to Jesus. On the mountain of Transfiguration, the Spirit in the ‘cloud came and overshadowed’ Jesus, Moses and Elijah, Peter, James and John, and ‘a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ Finally, the cloud took Jesus out of the sight of the disciples on the day of his ascension and will reveal him as Son of man in glory on the day of his final coming.” Catechism 697

“The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church. She is the sacrament of the Holy Trinity’s communion with men.” Catechism 747

Pentecost Sequence (prose version): Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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Day 2: Elizabeth speaks of the Holy Spirit.

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“Called in the Gospels ‘the mother of Jesus’, Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as ‘the mother of my Lord’. In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly ‘Mother of God’ (Theotokos).” Catechism 495

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 3 The Holy Spirit prompts Simeon.

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“The Virgin Mary conceived Christ by the Holy Spirit who, through the angel, proclaimed him the Christ at his birth, and prompted Simeon to come to the temple to see the Christ of the Lord.” Catechism 695

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 4: Gabriel prepares Mary for her encounter with the Holy Spirit.

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“Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church’s Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the ‘Seat of Wisdom.’ In her, the ‘wonders of God’ that the Spirit was to fulfill in Christ and the Church began to be manifested.” Catechism 721

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 5: Mary is made ‘full of grace.’

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“The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by his grace. It was fitting that the mother of him in whom ‘the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily’ should herself be ‘full of grace.’ She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin as the most humble of creatures, the most capable of welcoming the inexpressible gift of the Almighty. It was quite correct for the angel Gabriel to greet her as the ‘Daughter of Zion’: ‘Rejoice.’ It is the thanksgiving of the whole People of God, and thus of the Church, which Mary in her canticle lifts up to the Father in the Holy Spirit while carrying within her the eternal Son.” Catechism 722

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 6: The Holy Spirit acts in Mary.

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“In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father’s loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit’s power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful.” Catechism 723

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 7: With Mary’s joyful cooperation, the Holy Spirit ‘makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh.’

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“In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the gentiles that she makes him known.” Catechism 724

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 8: The Holy Spirit draws souls to Christ through Mary.

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“Finally, through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring men, the objects of God’s merciful love, into communion with Christ. And the humble are always the first to accept him: shepherds, magi, Simeon and Anna, the bride and groom at Cana, and the first disciples.” Catechism 725

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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Day 9: Mary joins the apostles praying for the Holy Spirit’s descent.

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“At the end of this mission of the Spirit, Mary became the Woman, the new Eve (‘mother of the living’), the mother of the ‘whole Christ.’ As such, she was present with the Twelve, who ‘with one accord devoted themselves to prayer,’ at the dawn of the ‘end time’ which the Spirit was to inaugurate on the morning of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church.” Catechism 726

Pentecost Sequence (prose version)

Come, Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, come giver of God’s gifts. Come, light of men’s hearts. Kindly Paraclete, in your gracious visits to man’s soul, you bring relief and consolation. If it is weary with toil, you bring it ease; in the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful — even in their darkest corners; for without your aid man can do nothing, and everything is sinful. Wash clean the sinful soul, rain down your grace on the parched soul, and heal the injured soul. Soften the hard heart, cherish and warm the ice-cold heart, and give direction to the wayward. Give your seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Give them reward for their virtuous acts, give them a death that ensures salvation, and give them unending bliss. Amen. Alleluia.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,  implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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