Monthly Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit

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On May 18, 1874, the Carmelite Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (1846–1878) beheld a chalice streaming with light and a dove. From the light she heard a voice saying, I ardently desire that priests say a Mass each month in honour of the Holy Spirit. Whoever will say it or hear it will be honoured by the Holy Spirit Himself. He will have light, he will have peace. He will cure the sick. He will awaken those who are asleep.
In June 1877, through the intermediary of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, she sent a message to Blessed Pope Pius IX, saying: The world and religious communities are seeking novelties in devotions, and they are neglecting true devotion to the Paraclete. That is why there is error and disunion, and why there is no peace or light. They do not invoke the light as it should be invoked, and it is this light that gives knowledge of truth. It is neglected even in seminaries. . . .
Every person in the world that will invoke the Holy Spirit and have devotion to Him will not die in error. Every priest that preaches this devotion will receive light while he is speaking of it to others.
I was told that each priest in the whole world should be required to say one Mass of the Holy Spirit each month, and all those who assist at it will receive very special grace and light.

I have tried, since my own ordination, to celebrate a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit on the first available ferial day of each month. The Roman Missal contains a wealth of texts for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

MR
The charity of God is poured out in our hearts
by his Spirit dwelling within us (Rom 5:5).

Or:

When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will teach you all the truth, says the Lord (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26).

Or:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
says the Lord (Lk 4:18).

ACT OF PENITENCE

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be ready to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

You will cleanse us from all our impurities (Ez 36:25).
Kyrie, eleison.

A new heart you will give us,
and a new Spirit you will put within us (Ez 36:26).
Christe, eleison.

You send your Spirit to help us in our weakness (Rom 8:26).
Kyrie, eleison.

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
and lead us, with our sins forgiven,
into eternal life.

Or:

You call anyone who thirsts
to come to you and drink (cf. Jn 7:37).
Kyrie, eleison.

You give us rivers of living water
in the gift of your Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 38).
Christe, eleison.

You breathe forth your Spirit
for the forgiveness of sins (cf. Jn 20:22-23).
Kyrie, eleison.

Or:

Your Holy Spirit is the forgiveness of sins.
Kyrie, eleison.

Your Holy Spirit leads us into all truth.
Christe, eleison.

Your Holy Spirit renews the face of the earth.
Kyrie, eleison.

COLLECT

O God who taught the hearts of your faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant us by the same Spirit wisely to discern what is right,
and evermore to rejoice in his consolation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

Or:

O God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid,
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the outpouring of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily praise you.

Or:

May the Comforter who proceeds from you
enlighten our minds,
we beseech you, Lord,
and guide us into all truth,
even as your Son promised.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

Or:

May the power of the Holy Spirit be with us,
we pray you, O Lord,
may It gently cleanse our hearts
and guard us from all harm.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

Or:

Grant we beseech you, almighty and merciful God,
that the Holy Spirit may deign to come and dwell in us,
making us the temples of his glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

Or:

May the Holy Spirit, we beseech you, Lord,
inflame us with that fire
which our Lord Jesus Christ sent down to earth,
desiring that it should be kindled into a burning flame.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

COLLECT AT THE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

Bend down in loving kindness,
most merciful God,
and listen to our prayers,
enlightening our hearts with the grace of the Holy Spirit;
let the promised Paraclete enter our hearts,
so that enriched by His seven gifts
we may worthily celebrate these holy mysteries
and love you with an everlasting charity.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

Burn away our concupiscence
and inflame our hearts, O Lord,
by the fire of your Holy Spirit,
that we may serve you with a chaste body
and love you with a pure heart.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

Grant to your Church, we beseech you, merciful God,
that being gathered together in the Holy Spirit,
she may be not all disturbed
by the onslaughts of her enemies.
Through Christ our Lord.

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS I

That the Church in every place
may be cleansed and renewed
in the wind and fire of the Holy Spirit,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That world leaders may open their hearts
to the gifts of wisdom and prudence that descend from above,
and to the peace communicated by the risen Christ
in the breath of his mouth,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the Holy Spirit may be for all who suffer
peace in the midst of strife,
strength in weakness,
and solace in sorrow,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the Holy Spirit may pray within us
when we ourselves can find no words for prayer;
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the Holy Spirit may heal every secret wound,
warm what has grown cold,
and guide our steps, through Christ,
into the glorious will of the Father,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS II

That the Church in every place
may rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit:
solace in sorrow, light in darkness, and strength in weakness,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the leaders of nations
may bend their hearts and minds to the leadings of the Holy Spirit,
and so choose the things that make for peace,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit
may experience the intercession of the Holy Spirit
who, with inexpressible groanings,
pleads their cause in the presence of the Father,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the Holy Spirit may visit us today
and graciously endow us with his seven gifts of
wisdom, understanding, counsel,
fortitude, knowledge, piety,
and fear of the Lord,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

GR
Confirm, O God, what you have wrought in us;
from your temple which is in Jerusalem,
kings shall offer gifts to you, alleluia (Ps 67:29-30).

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Grant, we beseech you, Lord,
that, according to the promise of your Son,
the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more fully
the mystic secret of this sacrifice,
and graciously unlock for us all truth.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

Sanctify the gifts of our offering,
we beseech you, Lord,
and cleanse our hearts by the brightness of the Holy Spirit.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

May the sacrifice which we offer up in your sight, O Lord,
be consumed by that divine fire which,
through the Holy Spirit,
enkindled the hearts of the disciples of Christ your Son.
Who is Lord forever and ever.

PREFACE

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

Ascending in glory above the highest heaven
and seated at your right hand in power and majesty,
Christ poured out the promised Spirit upon your adopted children.

You give that same Spirit still to your Church
as the wellspring of all holiness,
revealing the riches of Christ through many gifts
and bringing to us the fruits of your boundless love.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,
we praise your glory now and forever,
as with one voice we sing:

Or:

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

You bestow your gifts, fitting them for every age and season,
and wondrously guide the rudder of your Church.

By the power of the Holy Spirit
you help your Church unfailingly,
so that, ever bending her heart to you,
she pleads with you in tribulation,
and offers thanks in times of joy, through Christ our Lord.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,
we praise you and joyfully proclaim:

COMMUNION ANTIPHON
MR
Confirm, O God, what you have wrought in us
from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem (Ps 67:29-30).

Or:

The Spirit who proceeds from the Father
will glorify me, says the Lord (Jn 15:26; 16:14).

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O Lord, may the inpouring of your Holy Spirit
cleanse our hearts
and make them fruitful
by the showering of his dew within us.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

O God who bestow heavenly gifts upon your Church,
preserve by your grace what you have given,
that the gift of the Holy Spirit you have infused in us
may ever flourish,
and that the spiritual food we have received
may work unto our eternal redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

We beseech you, O Lord,
may the Holy Spirit renew our souls by your divine sacraments,
for he himself is the remission of all sins.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or:

May the gifts we have received, O Lord,
cause us ceaselessly to burn with that Spirit
whom you wondrously poured out on the Apostles.
Through Christ our Lord.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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