This is the final day of special prayer for our priests before Pentecost. For us, prayer is eternal…so we will continue to lift up blessings for those who serve the Church as well as for all they serve each and every day.
Ninth Day, June 11: The fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve whom is to reign.
Let us pray. Come, O Divine, Spirit, fill our hearts with thy heavenly fruit, thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness and temperance that we may never weary in the service of God but by continued faithful submission to thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.
Pray the Our Father once, the Hail Mary once and the Glory Be seven times then pray the Prayer for the Seven Gifts:
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (recited daily)
O, Lord Jesus Christ, who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish thy work in the souls of thy apostles and disciples, deign to grant, in our own times, the same Holy Spirit to our bishop and priests, that he may perfect in their souls the work of thy grace and thy love.
Grant them the Spirit of Wisdom that our priests may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our priests’ minds with the light of thy divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that our priests may ever choose the surest way to pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that our priests may bear their crosses with thee and that they may overcome with courage all the obstacles to salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that our priests may know God and themselves and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that our priests may find the service of God sweet and amiable; and the Spirit of Fear that our priests may be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease him. Mark our priests, dear Lord, with the sign of thy true disciples, and animate them in all things with thy Spirit. Amen.