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Novena to the Holy Spirit

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Fourth DAY

Thou in toil art Comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude
the soul is strengthened
against natural fear,
and supported to the end
in the performance of duty.

Fortitude imparts to the will
an impulse and energy
which move it to undertake
without hesitancy
the most arduous tasks,
to face dangers,
to trample under foot
human respect,
and to endure
without complaint
the slow martyrdom
of even lifelong tribulation.

"He that shall persevere
unto the end,
he shall be saved."

We know not what
we should pray for
as we ought.
But the Spirit Himself
asketh for us."


Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude,
uphold my soul in time
of trouble and adversity,
sustain my efforts after holiness,
strengthen my weakness,
give me courage against
all the assaults of my enemies,
that I may never be overcome
and separated from Thee,
my God and greatest Good.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Oblation to the Holy Spirit
for the Seven Gifts


before the great cloud of heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself body and soul 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 have my being.

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.

Make me faithful in every thought,
and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice,
watch for Thy light,
and follow Thy gracious inspirations.

I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee,
and I ask Thee by Thy compassion
to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,
looking at His five Wounds,
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
with the sin which Thou wilt not forgive.

Grant to me the grace, O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Father and of the Son,
to say to Thee always and everywhere,
"Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears."
(After a prayer by Cardinal Newman)

Image and prayer from Catholic Tradition

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