A Novena, has been written by the Diocese of Westminster Vocations Team in thanksgiving for the 'Year for Priests'. Entitled 'Come Holy Spirit' the Novena is to the Holy Spirit and will be prayed from Ascension, 13 May until Pentecost, 23 May.
As part of the Novena people are invited to remember the following intentions in their prayers:
Pope Benedict XVI and all Bishops; All deacons and seminarians; During prayers of reparation for the sins of the Church, all who have suffered at the hands of priests through sexual abuse.
Fr Richard Nesbitt, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Westminster said: "Prayer has been at the heart of the 'Year for Priests' which was called by Pope Benedict XVI to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of St John Vianney, the patron saint of priests. We hope that this Novena will unite the Diocese in encouraging people to give thanks for the 'Year for Priests' as well as allowing them to pray for their personal intentions at this special time in the Church's year."
The 'Year for Priests' was announced by Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of the Sacred
Heart on 19 June 2009 and ends on 19 June 2010.