Pious Exercise to obtain the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost by St Alphonsus Liguori

 


* Pope Pius VI., by a brief, May 26, 1796, granted to all the faithful who, once or oftener in the day, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say in Latin or in any other language the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, or the sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus, an indulgence of three hundred days during the octave of Pentecost, and of one hundred days at any other time ; and, moreover, a plenary indulgence each month, on the usual conditions. These indulgences are applicable to the souls in purgatory. ED

 May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our minds and hearts. Amen.

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come,
From Thy bright heavenly throne;
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thy own.

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above;
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

Thou who art sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God s right hand;
His promise teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

Oh! guide our minds with Thy blest light,
With love our hearts enflame;
And with Thy strength, which never decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe,
Beneath Thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know;
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee, the Spirit of them both;
Thrice blessed Three in One.

All glory while endless ages run.
Be to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally. Amen

Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And Thou shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray.
Assist us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, with the power of Thy Holy Spirit, that our hearts may be purified according to Thy mercy, and we be defended from all adversaries. Amen

Incline unto my aid, O God! O Lord!
Make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

First Prayer to obtain the Gift of the Fear of the Lord.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and the seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Thy holy Fear in order that it may prevent me from falling any more into my past infidelities, for which I now ask you a thousand times to forgive me.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Second Prayer to obtain the Gift of Piety.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father, and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and the seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who did enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of piety, in order that I may in future serve Thee with greater fervor, follow with greater promptness Thy holy inspirations, and observe with greater exactness Thy holy precepts.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Third Prayer to obtain the Gift of Knowledge.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler, I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and the seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Knowledge in order that I may be able to know well the things of God, and that enlightened by Thy holy instructions I may steadily walk in the way of my eternal salvation.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Fourth Prayer to obtain the Gift of Fortitude.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Fortitude, in order that I may be able courageously to over come all the attacks of the devil, and escape all the dangers of the world that stand in the way of my eternal salvation.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Fifth Prayer to obtain the Gift of Counsel.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author- of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Counsel in order that I may be able to choose what is most suitable to my spiritual advancement, and to dis cover all the snares and artifices of the evil spirit who tempts me.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Sixth Prayer to obtain the Gift of Understanding.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and the seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Understanding, in order that I may be able to understand the divine mysteries, and by the contemplation of heavenly things may detach my thoughts and affections from all the vanities of this miserable world.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Seventh Prayer to obtain the Gift of Wisdom.

Holy Spirit, divine consoler! I adore Thee as my true God, just as I adore God the Father and God the Son. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the blessings that Thou dost receive from the angels and the seraphs. I offer Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou who art the author of all supernatural gifts, and who didst enrich with immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace and Thy love, and to grant me the gift of Wisdom, in order that I may be able to direct all my actions by referring them to God as my last end, so that by loving and serving Thee in this life as I ought to do, I may have the happiness of eternally possessing Thee in the next.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the Father three times.

Humble Supplication.

Holy Spirit, divine Paraclete, Father of the poor, consoler of the afflicted, light of hearts, sanctifier of souls! behold me prostrate in Thy presence; I adore Thee with the most profound submission, and I repeat a thousand times with the seraphs who are before Thy throne: Holy, Holy, Holy! I firmly believe that Thou art eternal, consubstantial with the Father and the Son. I hope that by Thy goodness Thou wilt sanctify and save my soul. I love Thee, O God of love! I love Thee more than all the things of this world; I love Thee with all my affections, because Thou art infinite goodness that alone dost merit all love ; and since, insensible as I have been to Thy holy inspirations, I have been so ungrateful as to offend Thee by so many sins, I ask Thee a thousand pardons for them, and I supremely regret having ever displeased Thee, O sovereign good! I offer Thee my heart cold as it is, and I supplicate Thee to let a ray of Thy light and a spark of Thy fire enter therein to melt the hardened ice of my iniquities. Thou who hast filled with immense graces the soul of Mary, and in flamed with a holy zeal the hearts of the apostles, vouch safe also to set on fire my heart with Thy love. Thou art a divine Spirit; fortify me against evil spirits: Thou art a fire; enkindle in me the fire of Thy love: Thou art a light; enlighten me so that I may know eternal things: Thou art a dove; give me great purity of heart: Thou art a breath that is full of sweetness; dissipate the storms that my passions raise up against me: Thou art a tongue; teach me the manner of praising Thee without ceasing: Thou art a cloud; cover me with the shadow of Thy protection: and if, finally, Thou art the author of all heavenly gifts, ah, I beseech Thee to grant them to me: vivify me by Thy grace, sanctify me by Thy charity, govern me by Thy wisdom, adopt me by Thy bounty as Thy child, and save me by Thy infinite mercy, so that I may never cease to bless Thee, to praise Thee, to love Thee, at first during my life on this earth, and afterwards for all eternity in heaven. Amen.

 

Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure, beaming radiance give.

Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil are comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal! light divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend;

Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray. O God, who by the grace of the Holy Spirit hast infused the gifts of charity into the hearts of Thy faithful! give to Thy servants, for whom we implore Thy clemency, health of soul and of body, in order that they may love Thee with all their strength, and may accomplish with all their heart what is pleasing to Thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN.

To the Holy Ghost.
THE SOUL ALL FOR GOD.

BEGONE, ye vain hopes, ye attachments of earth;
Give your joys to such souls as no higher can soar;
Away, far away from my memory begone,
For I seek you no longer, esteem you no more;
God of my heart! make me love Thee alone.

Adieu, every creature ; I leave you with joy;
I no longer am yours nay, I am not my own:
I belong but to God, from all else I am free;
I am thine, dearest Jesus, all Thine, Thine alone;
My best-beloved good! let me cling but to Thee.

O amiable Lord! let Thy sweet holy love
Now possess my whole being and reign over me;
Let Thy love in my heart every passion restrain;
In that heart which was once so rebellious to Thee, O amiable Lord! come, establish Thy reign. O heavenly dew! that so sweetly dost fall,
Of passions unholy Thou calmest the glow;
Ah! make me forever enamoured of Thee, And live to seek only my God here below.
O heavenly dew! descend gently on me.
O fire all divine! who with heavenly flames
Dost those souls where Thou glowest make holy and blest,
Come Thou to my heart, make it worthy to burn
With Thy holiest ardors ; inflame my breast;
O lire all divine! for Thy ardors I yearn. O infinite love!
Ah, how blessed is he Who beholds Thy sweet face there in heaven above!
Oh! when shall I too come Thy beauty to see,
And enjoy Thee forever in transports of love! O infinite love! haste to draw me to Thee.