Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From the SVD Collection of Prayers, VADEMECUM

L. Spirit of Wisdom,

A. Direct our thoughts, words and actions to follow Christ and his teachings.

L. Spirit of Understanding,

A. Enlighten our minds to make us keenly aware of the mysteries of salvation with faith and love.

L. Spirit of Counsel,

A. Guide us to live according to the will of the Father at all times.

L. Spirit of Fortitude,

A. Give us strength and courage to face the challenges of our day-to-day life.

L. Spirit of Knowledge,

A. Teach us your ways that we may walk in your truth and love.

L. Spirit of Godliness,

A. Move our hearts to prayer and make us ready to serve you in our neighbor.

L. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord,

A. Make our hearts docile to your promptings and inspirations.

L. “I will give you the Spirit of wisdom so that you will be truly wise and follow the ways of truth and right.”

A. O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Wisdom make us truly wise. Help us to bear in mind that God alone is our first beginning and our last end and that all things must be used as means to bring us to him. May your Spirit of wisdom bring forth the fruits of faith, hope and love in each of us.

L. “IshallgiveyoutheSpiritofunderstandingandI shall instruct you in the way in which you shall walk.”

A. Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds with a better appreciation of our faith. Enable us to see more clearly the truth and beauty of your Word. Be a light to our steps in life’s journey and may truth and integrity be the fruits we bring forth.

L. “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, I will counsel you, keeping my eye on you” (Ps 32.8).

A. Spirit of Counsel, direct our lives in the way of righteousness. Make our every decision, every thought, word and action worthy of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Save us from having our judgment or will perverted by self-love. Enable us ever so to live as we would wish to be found, when called by our Divine Master to give an account of our stewardship.

L. “TheSpiritthatGodhasgivenusisnotacowardly spirit, but rather one that fills us with power, love and self-control” (2 Tim 1:7).

A. Spirit of Fortitude, strengthen us with the power of your love, that we may be able to do all things for the glory of God, from whom all gifts come.

L. “ThethingsthatareofGodnooneknows,butthe Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we may know the things that are given us from God”(1 Co 2:11,12).

A. O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Knowledge, increase in us the treasures of divine truth. Above all other knowledge, help us to advance in the knowledge of God and in the science of holiness.

L. “TheLordistheSpirit,andwheretheSpiritofthe Lord is, there is freedom. All gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces are being transformed from glory to glory into his very image by the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Co 3:17-18).

A. O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Reverence, inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. Pour into our lives the fullness of love so that we are able to love you and all our brothers and sisters. Lord, you are our God, make us your people.

L. “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all who dwell in the world revere him, for he spoke, and it was made; he commanded and it stood forth.”

A. Spirit of Wonder and Awe, open our eyes to the marvels of your works. Give us the joy of proclaiming your greatness to the whole world. Holy Spirit, you distribute your gifts for the common good of the whole Church. Let the variety of gifts and ministries strengthen the unity of the whole body that everyone may be loved in the Church for the special work each one accomplishes. Amen.


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