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    Eighth Day - The Gift of Wonder and Awe

    I. Opening Prayers

    All: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    All: Come, Holy Spirit, inflame the hearts of all people with the fire of your love.

    Leader: Send forth your Spirit that all may be reborn.

    All: And you will renew the face of the earth.

    Leader: We beg you, Lord, to send the Holy Spirit upon us so that, inspired and encouraged, we may fulfill the duties that are ours, to carry our cross with patience and to grow daily in Christian perfection. Grant us through the same Holy Spirit, the intentions of this novena, or whatever is best for us and for all God's people. Amen.

    II. Scripture Reading - Romans 8:5-9

    Those who live according to the flesh follow the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit follow the things of the Spirit. The inclination of the flesh is death (sin) but the inclination of the Spirit is life and peace. For the wisdom of the flesh is hostile to God; it is not subject to the law of God, nor can it be, and they who are carnal cannot please God. You however, are not carnal, but spiritual because the Spirit of God dwells in you.

    (Short Meditation)

    IlI. Thought for each day

    Our respect for God is such that we will try our best to avoid anything that might damage it. This respect is a wonderful mixture of reverence and awe as we come to a greater realization of God's love in our life. It truly is the beginning of wisdom. The gift of Wonder and Awe is something similar to a final coat of paint on a masterpiece; we stand back and marvel at God's closeness to us through the Holy Spirit. It draws forth from our soul a cry of gratitude that our God really wants to live in us as our Friend, our Counsellor and our Love.

    IV. Prayer of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your Apostles and Disciples. Grant that I may be open to the work of that same Spirit within me.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
    that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world but seek the things that are eternal.

    Grant me the Spirit of Understanding
    to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth.

    Grant me the Spirit of Right Judgment
    that I may choose the surest way of pleasing God.

    Grant me the Spirit of Courage
    that I may bear my cross with you and that I may overcome all the obstacles that oppose my salvation.

    Grant me the Spirit of Knowledge
    that I may know God and know myself.

    Grant me the Spirit of Reverence
    that I may find the service of God sweet and attractive.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wonder and Awe
    that I may be filled with loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that would displease him.

    Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit


    V. Final Prayer

    O, Mary, by your humble obedience to the will of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you gave us the child Jesus. Help us to prepare our hearts so that we may receive and welcome the Holy Spirit and strive always to do what God asks. Grant this through Christ Our Lord.