The world knows not the Holy Ghost. Many pious souls have no devotion to Him. He is, as it were, forgotten by almost all. Nevertheless, he is the Soul of the Church. Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical on the Holy Ghost, strongly urges all the faithful to love this Holy Ghost.
Jesus, before His Ascension into Heaven, commends this devotion to His Apostles, promising them the coming of the Holy Ghost, Who “will teach you all things” (John 14:26).
The Holy Ghost guides the Church and each individual soul. We see what power He has when we consider what the Apostles were before and after His coming in the Cenacle.
So many souls desire to be holy, but do not think of the Sanctifier!
The Holy Ghost will multiply His divine inspirations in their souls. He will fill them with His gifts, and He Himself will abide in them, to be their Guide.
Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
Receive, O Holy Spirit of Love, the perfect and absolute consecration of my whole being which I make to Thee this day, in order that henceforth, at every moment of my life, and in each of my actions, Thou may deign to be my Director, my Light, my Guide, my Strength, and all the Love of my Heart.
I abandon myself without reserve to Thy divine operations, and I wish to be always responsive to Thy holy inspirations. Oh Holy Ghost! Deign to form me, with Mary and in Mary, according to the model of Our Divine Jesus.
Aspirations to the Holy Ghost
Come, o Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love! (300 days indulgence, each time)
O Holy Ghost, Fount of all purity, communicate virtue to me by means of the cross and preserve my body and soul ever pure and spotless!
Divine Consoler! Heavenly Comforter! Grant that, inflamed with Thy love, I may despise the things of earth.
Loving Prayer to the Holy Ghost
Come! Holy and Vivifying Spirit, our Delight and our Love! Come here to Thy Nest! Come here to Thy Cross! Come, make me worthy of our most sweet Jesus! Come, Divine Fire! Come without delay and melt the icy coldness of my poor heart. With all fervour, I promise Thee to imitate my Mother and Thy Spouse, and to love tenderly the Eternal Father, to love Him in spirit and in truth, in time and in eternity. Help me to love my sweetest Jesus beyond measure and to love the Cross with constancy. I promise Thee to be ever pure, to be ever Thy victim, O Divine Spirit, ever striving to please Thee. I offer Thee, O Lord, my labours of each day, I offer Thee my death, my life, every footstep of mine, every breath I breathe. I offer Thee all the love of my soul and every beat of my heart. Amen.
Litany to the Holy Ghost
*for private use only
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God the Father Almighty, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son and Infinite Love of both, sanctify us.
Most Holy Trinity, hear us.
(Repeat after each invocation: Manifest Thyself to us!)
Holy Ghost, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Promise of the Father,
Gift of God Most High,
Ray of Heavenly Light,
Fount of Living Water,
Author of all Good,
Spirit of Wisdom,
Spirit of Understanding,
Spirit of Counsel and of Fortitude,
Spirit of Knowledge and of Piety,
Spirit of the Fear of the Lord,
Spirit of truth and of love,
Spirit of grace and of prayer,
Spirit of peace and of sweetness,
Spirit of modesty and of innocence,
Spirit of Consolation,
Spirit of Sanctification,
Spirit that governs the Church,
Spirit that fills the Universe,
Spirit of adoption of the sons of God,
(Repeat after each invocation: We beseech Thee, hear us!)
Holy Ghost, imprint on our hearts a horror of sin,
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth,
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light upon our understanding,
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law upon our hearts,
Holy Ghost, consume us in the fire of Thy love,
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasure of Thy grace,
Holy Ghost, teach us how we ought to pray,
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations,
Holy Ghost, grant us the one knowledge that is necessary,
Holy Ghost, instill into us the practice of the virtues,
Holy Ghost, grant that we may persevere in justice,
Holy Ghost, be Thou Thyself our Reward,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Spirit,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Pour out upon our souls the Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, imbue us with the spirit of wisdom and devotion.
V. Come, o Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful.
R. And kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let us pray:
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by that same Holy Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.