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Today is traditionally the start of the Ascension novella, modelled of course on the very first novena of the nine days of prayer laid out in Acts that stretched between the Ascension and the first Pentecost.
The novena to the Holy Ghost provided below asks especially for the gifts of the Spirit for ourselves, gifts we most certainly need in these difficult times.
But can I ask you also to consider perhaps offering today's novena also for the intention of the perseverance of the four young men who were formally accepted as postulants for the emerging new Australian monastery in Tasmania on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians?
Here is one of the traditional sets of prayers for day 1:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's.