Prayer Adapted from Veni Creator Spiritus

June 7th, 1992
Brother John Raymond

	A very old and much-loved devotion practiced by the faithful is
 the nine-day novena. Many have received favors and graces as a
 result of this practice. But where did the idea of praying for
 something for nine consecutive days originate? It is believed that
 it began in imitation of Our Lady, the Apostles, the Holy Women and
 the disciples who spent nine days in prayer for the coming of the
 Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Of course we know the result of this first
 Novena - the descent of the Holy Spirit.
	The following hymn "Veni Creator Spiritus" (Come, Creator Spirit)
 can be used as a Novena to the Holy Spirit. It was written by
 Blessed Rabanus Maurus. It has since been adopted by the Church in
 its Liturgy. Blessed Rabanus was born probably in Mainz, Germany in
 784. He was educated at the monastery school of Fulda and made his
 religious vows at a very early age in this Benedictine monastery. He
 was ordained a deacon in 801 and a year later sent to Tours for his
 theology. It was here that Blessed Rabanus received the surname
 Maurus after St. Maurus, a noted disciple of St. Benedict.
	In 804 Blessed Rabanus returned to the monastery at Fulda and
 became headmaster of the school run by the monks. His fame as a
 teacher spread over Europe and the school under his guidance became
 one of the most renowned of the age. He was ordained a priest in 815
 and in 822 he became Abbot of the monastery. Under his leadership
 the monastery enjoyed its greatest prosperity. He completed new
 buildings begun by his predecessor, erected more than thirty
 churches and oratories, enriched the abbey church with artistic and
 costly ornaments, provided for the instruction of the laity by
 preaching and by increasing the number of priests in various towns,
 procured numerous books for the monastery library, and many other
	Because of the political disturbances of the times Blessed
 Rabanus fled in 840, probably to avoid taking an oath of allegiance
 to the new conquering king, Louis the German. He returned a year
 later and in 842 resigned as Abbot, compelled, it is believed, by
 King Louis. He retired to a neighboring town where he devoted
 himself entirely to prayer and literary labors. In 845 he was
 reconciled with the King and in 847 became Archbishop of Mainz. He
 imposed strict discipline on his clergy and held two synods
 condemning the heretical teaching of a monk in his Archdiocese.
 Blessed Rabanus was also distinguished for his charity to the poor.
 It is said that during the famine of 850 he daily fed more than 300
 persons. He wrote a martyrology (a catalogue of martyrs and saints
 arranged chronologically) and some poetry. He died at Winkel, near
 Mainz, on February 4th, 856. His learning and influence was so great
 that he was called "The Teacher of Germany." Although not formally
 beatified, he is venerated as blessed.

Adapted from Veni Creator Spiritus

	Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come from Your bright heavenly
 throne. Come, take possession of my soul and make it all Your own.
 You are the living spring, the living fire, sweet anointing and true
 love. You are sevenfold in Your gifts - teaching us, your little
 ones, to understand. Guide our minds with Your blest light and with
 Your love inflame our hearts. With Your strength which never fails
 fortify our weak nature. Drive our deadly foe far from us and bring
 Your true peace to us. From all earthly perils lead us safe beneath
 Your Sacred Wing. Through You may we know the Father and the Eternal
 Son. All glory be given to the Father and the co-equal Son and the
 same to You great Paraclete while endless ages run. Amen.