Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy Spirit - Getting Ready!

Liturgically speaking, the Holy Spirit is coming soon. 

Like the first followers of Jesus in the beginning of the Acts (or history of) the Apostles, we, the Church, are getting ready for the Spirit's arrival.

This is the origin of the word "novena."  The word means "nine."  Catholics often dedicate nine days in a row to particular prayers, imploring the intercession of one of the saints, or for a special intention.  The tradition of novenas comes from the nine days the Apostles spent together in prayer between Jesus' Ascension and Pentecost. The Church is re-presenting this original novena during her liturgical year right now.

We'll post more about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit soon. There will be some ideas from the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, and a commentary on the famous traditional hymn we sing on Pentecost - Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit.)

Meanwhile, join us in preparing for this huge holyday in the Church by praying, reading the Bible, and tuning in to the role of the Holy Spirit in your life.