Church of St. Alphonsus, Singapore

​​​​Prayer of St. Augustine

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy. 

Novena to the Holy Spirit

  • The Novena to the Holy Spirit commemorates the nine days between the Ascension of Our Lord and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost Sunday. During this time, Our Lady and the twelve Apostles prayed in the Cenacle (Upper Room) for the coming of the Paraclete (Advocate = Holy Spirit). Like the Apostles (and Our Lady), we too pray that the Holy Spirit will come into our lives, and set the Church and Her faithful on fire with true Apostolic zeal. (From: Archdiocese of Singapore FaceBook, posted 14 May 2015)
  • A Novena (comprising 9 successive days of prayers) to the Holy Spirit is organised by Novena Church from 26th May - 3rd June as a  lead-up to Pentecost Day on 4th June (Sunday); 

Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, namely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and is consubstantial (possessing one and the same Divine Essence or Nature) with them. (Ref. John 14:26)


  • A feast which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ. (Ref: Acts 2:1-4). Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ's mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated.

Holy Spirit Novena & Pentecost

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​​​​Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
With God the Father and the Son,
And grant us your abundant grace
To sanctify and make us one.

May mind and tongue made strong in love
Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.

Most blessed Trinity of love,
For whom the heart of man was made,
To you be praise in timeless song,
And everlasting homage paid.