Holy Spirit Novena & Red Ribbon Campaig – Diocese of Toledo As we prepare for the return to public Masses on Pentecost, you’re invited to take part in two initiatives from Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Be a part of the Holy Spirit Novena
What is a novena? The word ‘novena’ comes from the Latin word ‘novem’, which means ‘nine’. Fittingly, a novena is nine days of prayer. Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer for nine days. These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of 9 days of prayer is the basis the novenas we pray today.
As we prepare for the return to public Masses on Pentecost, we are praying the Holy Spirit novena together as a way to renew our love for and confidence in the Holy Spirit.
How can I participate? Bishop Thomas created a video for each day. Click Pray to find all videos. Additionally, the videos will be posted on Facebook each day.
Be a part of the Red Ribbon Campaign What is the Red Ribbon Campaign? As we look forward with joy to the reopening of public Masses, the red ribbons are a visible sign of our anticipation, excitement, and unity. The goal is for Northwest Ohio to be covered in red ribbons! The color red was chosen because Masses reopen of Pentecost, and red symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit!
How can I participate? Simply tie a red ribbon on your front door, mailbox, a tree in your yard, etc. on May 22, the first day of the novena.