PENTECOST NOVENA TO ST. JUDE THADDEUS
(DATE: MAY 26 TO JUNE 3, 2017) THEME: “STAYING AWAKE IN THE SPIRIT ” (Mt 7: 24-27)
Dear Friend of St. Jude,
Pentecost marks the birth of the Christian Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul tells us in Rom 8:9 “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Thus, strengthening and enabling us to enter into a new experience of friendship with the Father severed by sin; restoring us as His sons and daughters.
While the Twelve Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary and family including other disciples gathered together in Jerusalem and praying in door, a sound like a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads; and that was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through Prophet Joel (Joel 2: 28 - 29). Mother Mary is the living remembrance of the Son and the living invocation of the Holy Spirit as-well-as the Mother of the Church. We entrust our needs to her care.
Rites of Confirmation are often celebrated at Pentecost to demonstrate that the Holy Spirit who empowers the disciples to preach the risen Christ over two thousand years ago is the same spirit who empowers the confirmands to make their confessions. Confirmation is a Sacrament through, which we receive the Holy Spirit. It makes us strong and perfect Christians; and soldiers of Christ.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude and Fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2-3)
Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Chastity and Self Control. Galatians 5:19-23)
Friar Charles Onwuama, OP is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. He made his Simple Profession on 28th of August 2007.
He studied and graduated from the Dominican Institute (now Dominican University) Ibadan where he studied Philosophy and Theology.
He was ordained Deacon in 2015 and worked briefly at St. Dominic's Yaba. With the completion of his Masters Degrees in Theology in 2016, he was Ordained a Priest on July 16th.
He is currently the Associate Pastor of Emmanuel Catholic Church, Mainland, Emene, Enugu State and the Director of Verbum Networks Enugu.
We welcome him to St. Dominic Parish, Yaba - Lagos.
The Novena theme and topics are indicated as follows:
Theme: “Staying Awake in the Spirit”
Friday 26th: “Do not be Afraid…I am with you” Acts 18: 9-10
Saturday 27th: “Ask and you shall Receive” (John 16:24)
Sunday 28th: The Joy of Suffering in Christ (1 Peter 4:13)
Monday 29th: The Power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19: 6-7)
Tuesday 30th: The Challenge of Sacrificial Service (Acts 20:24)
Wednesday 31st: The Spirit of Gratitude (Luke 1: 46-55)
Thursday 1st: The Spirit of Unity (John 17: 22-23)
Friday 2nd: Working for the Love of Christ (John 21:15-17)
Saturday 3rd: The upright shall see the face of God (Psalm 11:7)
NOVENA PRAYER TO THE HOLYSPIRIT.
O Holy Spirit, in these days of doubt, confusion and uncertainty, come into our heart with your light, your strength and your consolation.
Come with the light of truth and teach us the will of God in our daily living especially now when God’s basic laws are challenged or ignored.
Come with your strength that purifies our hearts and our desires and guards us against the danger of pride, and self conceit.
Bring your consolation so that with a heart attuned to your holy love we may live in peace and harmony in our families and give to our communities the spirit of cooperation, tolerance and understanding.
O God, you have instructed the faithful with the light of the Holy Spirit. Grant that through this same Holy Spirit. We may be truly wise and enjoy His consolation always. Amen.
Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V St. Jude Thaddeus, pray for us
R And for all who invoke thy aid.
Kindly join us in these nine days of prayer to the Holy Spirit and intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus. Masses are scheduled at 6:15am, 12:00 noon and 6:30pm. Remember to light a votive or Memorial Candle and place your intentions at the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus or transmit them through our website www.stjudeyaba.com/submitnovena.php.
We thank you for your continuous supports to the Apostolate in strengthening us in the spread of the Gospel and Devotions to St. Jude, bringing hope and healing to the needy as-well-as supporting our Province and the needs of the poor. God bless you.
St. Jude Thaddeus - Pray for us!
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, O.P.