An Invitation from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair
On June 4th we will be celebrating one of the great solemnities of the Church year, Pentecost Sunday. The first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit whom Jesus had promised came down with power, revealing his divine personhood, and gave the disciples the gifts necessary to carry out their mission from Jesus to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19f). Pentecost is spoken of as the “birthday” of the Church.
In order for us to make this prayer together as one family of faith, I invite you to participate in a novena of prayer for a new Pentecost in the Church and in our archdiocese. The novena to the Holy Spirit is the prototype of all novenas because, in a sense, it was instituted by Christ himself when he sent his apostles back to Jerusalem after his Ascension to await in prayer the coming of the Holy Spirit.
I ask that the novena be prayed publicly and privately, from May 26 through June 3. The novena is available in English and Spanish here on the archdiocesan website as well as the Catholic Transcript Magazine website www.catholictranscript.org. The prayer intentions for each day of the novena are available also in Polish.
Together let us implore the gift of the Holy Spirit for our Church, our archdiocese, and ourselves, and may God bless you.