Hymn to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, (2) Come with your fire (2)
Holy Spirit, come with your fire (2)
Come Holy Spirit, let your fire fall (2)
Let your fire fall (2)
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, purify my heart (2)

Holy Spirit, purify my heart (2)
(Come Holy Spirit...)


Opening Prayer

God our loving father we thank you for sending your beloved Son to the world so that we may have eternal life. As a community gathered in the name of Jesus our saviour, we beseech you to accept the prayers that we place before you through St.Vincent De Paul, the heavenly patron of all charitable works. Grant us the grace to live according to the spirit of the saint who practised your commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn. 15: 12). Make us grow in the virtues of simplicity, humility, meekness, mortification and zeal for the salvation of the souls as practised by St. Vincent. Help us to lead a life of love and compassion to the poor and an ardent desire for holiness. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Lord of all forever. Amen


Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom
then shall I be afraid?

Though an army should encamp against me,
yet my heart shall not be afraid

And though war should rise up against me, yet
will I put my trust in him

One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all
the days of my life

For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
in his shelter. He shall hide me in the secrecy
of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock

Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; have
mercy on me and answer me
You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”
Your face, Lord, will I seek

Hide not your face from me, nor turn away
from your servant in displeasure

You have been my helper; cast me not away
Do not forsake me, O God of my salvation

Though my father and my mother forsake
me, the Lord will sustain me

This I believe: I shall see the goodness of God,
in the land of the living

Put your hope in God, be strong, let your
heart be bold, put your hope in God

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever
shall be world without end. Amen.


Let us Pray

St. Vincent our father/ (all together) and heavenly patron of all charitable works, we
praise you. You are the reformer of the clergy/ and the merciful father of the destitute/ and the suffering. You have never turned your eyes away/ from those who have taken recourse to your mediation. Hear our petitions. We request you/ to intercede for the poor, the destitute, the sick and the sinners. Inspire the rich to
be magnanimous / and the clergy to be zealous. Let there be peace among the nations/ through your mediation. Help us to imitate Christ more closely/ according to your example/ and to dedicate ourselves totally/ for the service of God and His people/ and to make progress/ in the path of love and service. We request these
graces/ from our Lord Jesus Christ/ through your powerful intercession. Amen.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be.

Scripture Reading

Lk. 4: 16-20 Jesus preaches at the synagogue
Mt. 25: 34-40 The last judgment
Jn. 15: 12-17 A new commandment of love


Daily Prayers

Day 1: Faith

Jesus, you have told “Believe and you will see the glory of God” (Jn. 11: 40); teach us to trust in your love and providence when faced with adverse situations and difficulties in our lives. Help us to understand your words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor. 12:9). Strengthen our faith and enable us to lead our lives with the conviction that “faith without works is dead” (Js.2:26). Help us grow deeper in the faith proclaimed by your disciples, martyrs,
and saints. The Lord of all forever. Amen.


Day 2: Love of God

O Lord, Jesus, Son of God, you revealed to us that God is our loving Father; help us to grow stronger in the experience of God’s love, every day of our life. Teach us to put our trustin your loving providence that takes care of the birds of the air and the grass of the field. Inspire us, when faced with difficulties and hardships of life, not to be desperate but to depend totally upon your love. Imprint on our hearts the truth that God is love. Lord of all forever. Amen.

Day 3: Love for Neighbour

Lord, you have said, “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn. 15:12); help us to
lead a life of charity following your words and example. Teach us to practise your precept, “Love your neighbour as yourself ” (Mt. 19:19). May our love for you inspire us to love and serve others. Enable us to share your salvific love with all those who come into contact with us each day. Lord of all forever. Amen.


Day 4: Simplicity

Lord, it was your will to hide the secrets of the kingdom of God from the wise and reveal it to the lowly; we thank you for enriching St.Vincent with the virtue of simplicity. Give us the grace to flee from hypocrisy and seek only the glory of God in all our activities. Bless us with purity of thoughts, sincerity of words and honesty of actions. Help us to remember always your words, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God” (Mt. 5:8). Lord of all forever. Amen

Day 5: Humility

Lord, you became the model of humility by washing the feet of your disciples; help us to conquer the pride in our hearts. Help us to trust in your loving providence and live with sincerity of heart. Deepen in us the conviction that, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1Cor. 15:10). Give us the grace to be the willing instruments in your hands. Lord of all forever. Amen


Day 6: Meekness

Lord Jesus, by loving even the enemies, you gave us a new example of love; teach us to accept and esteem one another. By your love make our hearts sweet and compassionate. When we are misunderstood and wounded help us to remain meek and for bearing and to forgive and respect the feelings of others. Strengthen us to sacrifice our self interest and to see the good in others. Lord of all forever. Amen

Day 7: Mortification

Lord, you have said, “Who ever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Mk. 8:34); give us the spirit of mortification so that we may constantly forsake the pleasures of the world and the desires of the body in a spirit of fasting, penance and prayer, to lead a holy life. Enable us to live with the conviction that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Fill us with the virtue of mortification, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, so that we may conquer the evil inclinations of our bodies. Lord of all forever. Amen

Day 8: Zeal for the Souls

Lord, you have shed even the last drop of your blood for the redemption of humankind; give us the strength to work tirelessly for the salvation of the souls redeemed by your precious blood. Give us the grace, following your example, to work zealously and even to sacrifice our lives for the salvation of souls. May the burning zeal for the salvation of souls increase in us, every day of our lives. Lord of all forever. Amen

Day 9: Prayer

Jesus you have said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mt.7:7); give us the grace to seek refuge in you every moment of our life. Lord, give us the grace to remain united to the Heavenly Father, to you, our Saviour and to the Holy Spirit, the comforter. Give us the strength to live according to the words of the psalmist, “Better to take refuge in the Lord than to put one’s trust in mortals” (Ps. 118:8). Lord of all forever. Amen


Intercessory Prayers

1. With faith and hope let us offer our prayers through the intercession of St. Vincent. The response shall be: ‘Lord, hear our prayer.’

2. That we may deepen our faith in the Holy Eucharist and in the Word of God and may become more diligent in venerating Our Blessed Mother and the saints, we pray to you Lord.

3. That our families may be sanctified and peace, happiness and fear of God may increase among the members, we pray to you Lord.

4. That our parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends may find help in times of need, we pray to you Lord.

5. That those who are afflicted by diseases and troubled by debts and other difficulties may find healing, consolation and endurance, we pray to you Lord.

6. That the poor, the oppressed and the broken hearted may be consoled and be filled with hope, we pray to you Lord.

7. That the Holy Father, the head of the Church, the bishops, priests and the religious and all ministers of charity be filled with your love and zeal, we pray to you Lord.

8. That we may recognize your face in the poor and the needy and become more generous in sharing our resources, time and energy with them, we pray to you Lord.

9. That by listening to the words of your apostle, ‘faith without action is dead’, we may be your witnesses by works of mercy, we pray to you Lord.

10. That the Holy Catholic Church may be blessed with priests, religious and lay ministers shining as beacons of love for God and fellow beings with simplicity of life, we pray to you Lord.

11. That the souls of the departed faithful be granted the joy of the vision of your holy countenance, we pray to you Lord.

(In silence let us offer our personal intentions to the Lord)


Lord God you have said, “Call to me and I will answer you” (Jer. 33:3); we thank you for mercifully accepting our prayers and for all your blessings. We submit our prayers and aspirations to your divine will, O Lord who knows even our hearts’ desires. Accept our petitions through the powerful intercession of St. Vincent De Paul. Lord of all forever. Amen


The Litany of St. Vincent De Paul


Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, ”
God the Holy Spirit, ”
Holy Trinity, one God, ”
Holy Mary, Pray for us
St. Vincent de Paul Pray for us
St. Vincent, peasant and scholar
St. Vincent, priest and peacemaker
St. Vincent, man of prayer and action
St. Vincent, man without prejudice
St. Vincent, man of simplicity and humility
St. Vincent, meek and mortified
St. Vincent, filled with zeal for the souls
St. Vincent, inspiring preacher of the Word
St. Vincent, teacher of the Gospel
St. Vincent, voice for the voiceless
St. Vincent, guided by Divine providence
St. Vincent, faithful follower of Christ
St. Vincent, reformer of the Church
St. Vincent, defender of the Catholic faith
St. Vincent, devoted to our Blessed Mother
St. Vincent, role model for priests
St. Vincent, earnest educator of the clergy
St. Vincent, efficient spiritual director
St. Vincent, empowering women
St. Vincent, obedient, poor and chaste
St. Vincent, lover of the Holy Eucharist
St. Vincent, compassionate to the poor
St. Vincent, servant leader
St. Vincent, model for all times
St. Vincent, paradigm of Christian charity
St. Vincent, always open to the Spirit of God
St. Vincent, intercessor before God
St. Vincent, channel of Divine Grace
St. Vincent, aroma of holiness

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world - Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world - Graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world - Have mercy on us, O Lord,

Let us Pray:

O God who gave us St. Vincent as the model of service to the poor and instruction
of the clergy in your church, grant us the grace that animated by the same spirit we
may love what he loved and practice what he taught especially the five virtues of simplicity, humility, meekness, mortification and zeal for the souls which he has recommended as characteristic virtues of our life. The Lord of all forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Final Blessing

May God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, bless you and may His powerful hand keep you safe from all dangers and afflictions. May the almighty God be your guide, guard and protector. May all of you who have participated in this novena grow in Love of God and love for neighbour following the example of St. Vincent De Paul. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you  now and always and forever.