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As Jesus left his followers, he told them to return to The Upper Room in Jerusalem, to devote themselves in prayer. They did this for the next nine days; and on the tenth day they experienced empowerment to do what Jesus asked of them

at the coming of the Holy Spirit.

We are invited to pray for the Church and for God’s world

in the days leading up to Pentecost. The name of this time of prayer,

“Novena”, is derived from the Latin “Novem” – nine.


✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Mary, our Mother, you stayed with the disciples in those ten long days between the Ascension and Pentecost, still patient, still pondering, still trusting in your Son. Be with us now as we remember how Jesus was taken from your sight. Be with us now as we remember his call to share our faith. Be with us now as we await his Holy Spirit. Pray with us now, ‘Come Holy Spirit’, ‘Thy Kingdom come’


ask her to pray with you for particular individuals,

especially for those who do not know her Son.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death.


and offer to the Lord what lies ahead of you today…

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

NOVENA DAY 1 – Fri. 14th May – Pray for those suffering because of natural or human disaster. For agencies of relief, especially Christian Aid, CAFOD.

Reading: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6)

Lord Jesus Christ, you have put your life into our hands; now we put our lives into yours.

NOVENA DAY 2 – Sat. 15th May – Pray for refugees, & people living in danger.

Reading: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope: my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.” (Psalm 130: 5-6)

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, stay with us, for the time is drawing close. With friend, with stranger, with young and with old, be among us today.

Renew us so that, where we have failed, we may be strengthened in your power.

NOVENA DAY 3 – Sun. 16th May – Pray for our parish, and for those within it who are lonely or feel alone.

Reading: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice

and opens the door,

I will come in.”

Revelation 3:20

Father ever-Welcoming,

Hospitable Jesus,

Inviting Spirit,

make the roof of this place

wide enough

for all opinions;

oil the door of this place

so it opens easily

to friend and stranger;

set the Table of this place

that all may feast at it

in kindly and free manner.

NOVENA DAY 4 – Mon. 17th May –

Pray for the oppressed;

those living under tyranny;

the marginalised.

Reading: “Jesus stood up to read:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.’” Luke 4:18-19

Give us, Father,

a vision of your world

as love would make it;

a world where the weak are protected

and none go hungry;

a world whose benefits are shared,

so that everyone can enjoy them;

a world whose different peoples

and cultures live with tolerance

and mutual respect;

a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is fired with love;

and give us the courage to build it,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Betty Hares

NOVENA DAY 5 – Tue. 18th May – For those without faith.

Reading: “They returned to Jerusalem

from the mount called Olivet.

All were constantly devoting themselves to prayer,

together with certain women,

including Mary the mother of Jesus,

as well as his brothers.” Acts 1:12-14.

When all around us seems dark and uncertain,

when our faith is low and we find it hard to see you;

come to us then, Lord,

as you came to your disciples

in the darkest hour of their night,

and let the light of your presence

dispel our fears, renew our trust,

and bring sight to our faith.

Let us open our hands, open our hearts,

open the hidden places of our being,

to the Living Presence,

the Very Self of Jesus.

NOVENA DAY 6 – Wed. 19th May-

That I may recognise

my need for God in my life,

and that God may be in all that I do.


“God, you are my God, for you I long,

My soul is thirsting for you,

like a land that is parched,

weary and waterless.”

Ps. 63:1

Be with my hands as they work. Be with my eyes as they see.

Be with my ears as they hear. Be with my tongue as it speaks.

Be with my feelings and my thoughts. Be with the people I meet.

Be with the things I make. Be with the decisions I take.

Be in and through, over and under all, that doing and hearing and seeing,

speaking and making and being, I may glimpse your glory,

hear your voice and joyfully work with you

to create a new heaven and a new earth. Kate Mcllhagga

NOVENA DAY 7 – Thur. 20th May –

Those living in fear for the future;

those who live with bad consequences from the past..

Reading: “But now thus says the Lord:

do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name,

you are mine.” Isaiah 43

Lord Jesus, you told your friends

not to worry about the future.

You showed them how to have the attitude of simple trust that young children have, so that they could place themselves into the caring hands of your Father. May any difficulties and frustration and pain of this day be transformed in your presence for my benefit and for that of other people.

Nicholas Henderson

NOVENA DAY 8 – Fri. 21st May –

Pray that we may bring hope to the hopeless. Our hopes for a world as God intended it to be.

Reading: “In God alone my soul in silence waits, from him comes my safety; with him alone for my rock, my safety,My fortress, I can never fall.” Psalm 62: 1-2

Lord, teach me how best to empathise with others who are going through an awful time. Help me to be there, to comfort those in pain, as were your Mother Mary and the Disciple whom you loved, John, at the foot of your Cross. Help me to be quietly sympathetic. Speak through me that I may say only what is needed and helpful.

NOVENA DAY 9 – Sat. 22nd May For the unity of all Christians, and thanks for diversity within the Church. For those of other faiths.

Reading: “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.' " (Ezekiel 37:13,14)

Grant us a vision, Lord, to see what we can achieve; To reach out beyond ourselves; to share our lives with others; To stretch our capabilities; to increase our sense of purpose; To be aware of where we can help; to be sensitive to your Presence; To give heed to your constant call. - David Adam


All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for You; and every life I touch, by Your Spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak,

the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen.

(Mary Sumner’s personal prayer)

✠ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all evermore. Amen.

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