Litany of the Holy Ghost


Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all powerful, have mercy on us

Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.

Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.

Holy Trinity, hear us

Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.

Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us

Author of all good, have mercy on us

Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us

Consuming fire, have mercy on us

Ardent charity, have mercy on us

Spiritual unction, have mercy on us

Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us

Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us

Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us

Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us

Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us

Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us

Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us

Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us

Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us

Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us

Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us

Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us

Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us

Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us


Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.

Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.

Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.

Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts

Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.

Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces

Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.

Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.

Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation

Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.

Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good.

Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.

Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.

Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.


  1. V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
  2. R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.


Let Us Pray

Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. R. Amen.


Chaplet of the Holy Spirit

The Chaplet of the Holy Spirit was composed in 1892 by a Franciscan Capuchin missionary of the English province in order to give the faithful an easy means honouring the Holy Ghost. It was approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1902. It is intended to be regarding the Holy Ghost what the Dominican Rosary is in regard to the Blessed Virgin.


This Rosary consists of five groups of seven beads each. Before and after each group there are two large beads, that is twelve large beads in all. In addition, there are three small beads at the beginning.

On these three beads one makes the Sign of the Cross, recites an

Act of Contrition and the hymn, Come, Holy Ghost.


In each group the Glory be to the Father is said on the seven small beads, an Our Father and a Hail Mary on the two large beads. On the remaining two large beads are said the Apostles’ Creed and an Our Father and Hail Mary for the intention of the Holy Father.


There is a mystery for each of the five groups; the number five commemorating the Five Wounds of Jesus which are the fountains of grace which the Holy Ghost imparts to all men. The reflections suggested are as follows:


The First Mystery

By the Holy Ghost is Jesus conceived of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Meditation: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: and therefore, also the holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35).

The Practice: Diligently implore the aid of the Divine Spirit, and Mary’s intercession, to imitate the virtues of Jesus Christ, Who is the Model of virtues, so that you may be made conformable to the image of the Son of God.


The Second Mystery

The Spirit of the Lord rested upon Jesus

The Meditation: “Jesus, being Baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo! the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and coming upon Him.” (Matthew 3:16).

The Practice: Hold in the highest esteem the priceless gift of sanctifying grace, infused into your soul by the Holy Ghost in Baptism. Keep the promises to which you then pledged yourself. Increase, by constant practice, Faith, Hope and Charity. Ever live as becometh children of God and members of God’s true Church, so as to obtain, hereafter, the inheritance of Heaven.


The Third Mystery

By the Spirit is Jesus led into the desert

The Meditation: “Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the desert for the space of forty days; and was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1, 2).

The Practice: Be ever grateful for the sevenfold gift of the Holy Ghost bestowed upon you in Confirmation, for the spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and fortitude, of knowledge and piety, and of the fear of the Lord. Faithfully yield to His Divine guidance, so that, in all the trials and temptations of life, you may act manfully, as becometh a perfect Christian and valiant soldier of Jesus Christ.


The Fourth Mystery

The Holy Ghost in the Church

The Meditation: “Suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting… and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak . . . the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 11:2, 4, 11).

The Practice: Thank God for having made you a child of His Church which is ever animated and directed by the Divine Spirit, sent into this world for that purpose on the day of Pentecost. Hear and obey the Holy See, the infallible mouthpiece of the Holy Ghost, and the Church, the pillar and ground of truth. Uphold her doctrines, seek her interests, defend her rights.


The Fifth Mystery

The Holy Ghost in the soul of the just man

The Meditation: “Know you not that you members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is in you?” (I Cor. 6:19). “Extinguish not the Spirit:” (1 Thess. 5:19). “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption:” (Eph. 4:30).

The Practice: Be ever mindful of the Holy Ghost Who is within you, and carefully cultivate purity of soul and body. Faithfully obey His Divine inspirations so that you may bring forth the Fruits of the Spirit —- Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Long-suffering, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, Chastity.

Conclude with the Apostles’ Creed (See Below) as a profession of faith.

Say finally one Our Father and one Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of

Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,

His only Son, our Lord who was conceived by

the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered

under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into Hell; the third day He

arose again from the dead; He ascended into

Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God

the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come

to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion

of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection

of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.



Come Holy Ghost

COME, Holy Ghost Creator blest,

And in our souls take up Thy rest,

Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid,

And fill the hearts which Thou hast made.


To Thee, the Comforter, we cry,

To Thee, the gift of God most high,

The fount of life, the fire of love,

The soul’s anointing from above.


The sevenfold gifts of grace are Thine,

O Finger of the hand Divine;

True promise of the Father Thou,

Who dost the tongue with speech endow.


Thy light to every thought impart,

And shed Thy love in every heart.

Our body’s poor infirmity

With strength perpetual fortify.


Our mortal foe afar repels,

Grant us henceforth in peace to dwell.

If Thou be our preventing guide,

No evil can our steps betide.


Make Thou to us the Father known.

Teach us the Eternal Son to own,

And Thee, whose name we ever bless,

Of Both the Spirit to confess.


All glory while the ages run

Be to the Father and the Son,

Who rose from death; the same to Thee,

O Holy Ghost, eternally.