Tuesday, May 15, 2012
On May 18 the Pentecost novena begins for 2012. You can use our Pentecost novena prayer booklet to help guide your prayer.
Click on Pentecost Novena under the Pages list at left.
The novena was proclaimed on May 4, 1897 by Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: "We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday (Pentecost), in all parish churches." It has been reported that Pope Leo XIII was inspired to mandate the Pentecost novena because of a letter from a housewife in Italy. Pope John Paul II has reiterated Pope Leo XIII's command for a worldwide Pentecost novena, although the novena can be prayed at any time - not only before Pentecost.
Posted by Harry Liggett at 8:00 AM