Holy Spirit Chaplet

About This Chaplet

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 of honoring the Holy Spirit. It was approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1902. It is intended to be in regards to the Holy Spirit what the Dominican Rosary is in regards to the Blessed Virgin.

This rosary consists of 5 groups of 7 beads each. Before and after each group there are 2 large beads, that is, 12 large beads in all. In addition there are 3 small beads at the beginning.

Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Novena to the Holy Spirit on the Medal:

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!
We adore you as our True God.
We bless You by uniting ourselves to the praises
You receive from the angels and saints.
We offer You our whole heart,
and we render You heartfelt thanks
for all the benefits You have bestowed
and do unceasingly bestow upon the world.
You are the author of all supernatural gifts
and who did enrich with immense favors the soul
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the Mother of God,
we beseech you to visit us by Your grace and Your love,
and grant us the favors
we so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your requests here...

O Holy Spirit,
spirit of truth,
come into our hearts:
shed the brightness of your light on all nations,
that they may be of one faith and pleasing to You.

Make the Sign of the Cross on the first bead after saying:

Come, O Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love…

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Pray an Act of Contrition on the second bead:

O Lord God, we are heartily sorry
for having offended You. 
We detest all our sins
because we dread the loss of Heaven
and all the pains of hell,
but most of all
because they offend You, our God,
Who are all good and deserving of all our love.
We firmly resolve,
with the help of Your grace,
to sin no more
and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

Recite the hymn Come Holy Spirit on the third bead:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with Your holy gifts. 
Let our weakness be penetrated with Your strength this very day
that we may fulfill all the duties of our state conscientiously,
that we may do what is right and just.

Let our charity be such as to offend no one,
and hurt no one's feelings;
so generous as to pardon sincerely
any wrong done to us. 
Assist us, O Holy Spirit,
in all our trials of life,
enlighten us in our ignorance,
advise us in our doubts,
strengthen us in our weakness,
help us in all our needs,
protect us in temptations
and console us in afflictions.

Graciously hear us, O Holy Spirit,
and pour Your light into our hearts,
our souls, and our minds.
Assist us to live a holy life
and to grow in goodness and grace.

Prayers on the Circlet:

During the praying of each set of seven beads, the faithful is asked to meditate on one of the five mysteries (see below); therefore, commemorating the Five Holy Wounds of Jesus which are the fountains of grace that the Holy Spirit imparts to all men.

Recite the Mystery, pray Our Father… and Hail Mary… on the first two beads, then say Glory be… on each in the set of seven smaller beads.

In the 1st Mystery, we reflect on how:

By the Holy Spirit is Jesus conceived of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Meditation:  “…The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.
And so the child will be holy
and will be called Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

The Practice:  May we 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 we may be made conformable
to the image of the Son of God.

In the 2nd Mystery, we reflect on how:

The Spirit of the Lord rested upon Jesus when he was baptized.

The Meditation:  “And when Jesus had been baptized
he at once came up from the water,
and suddenly the heavens opened
and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove
and coming down on Him.” (Matthew 3:16)

The Practice:  May we hold in the highest esteem
the priceless gift of sanctifying grace,
infused into our souls by the Holy Spirit in baptism. 
May we keep the promises to which we then pledged ourselves. 
May we Increase, by constant practice,
Faith, Hope, and Charity. 
May we ever live and become children of God
and members of God's true Church,
so as to obtain, hereafter, the inheritance of Heaven.

In the 3rd Mystery, we reflect on how:

By the Spirit is Jesus led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

The Meditation:  “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit into the desert,
for forty days being put to the test by the devil.” (Luke 4:1-2)

The Practice:  May we be ever grateful for the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit
bestowed upon us in confirmation,
for the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
of counsel and fortitude,
of knowledge and piety,
and of the fear of the Lord.
May we faithfully yield to His Divine guidance,
so that, in all the trials and temptations of life,
we may act boldly, and become perfect Christians
and valiant soldiers of Jesus Christ.

In the 4th Mystery, we reflect on:

The Holy Spirit in the Church.

The Meditation:  “…Suddenly there came from Heaven a sound
as of a violent wind
which filled the entire house in which they were sitting…
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak different languages
as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” (Acts 2:2, 4)

The Practice:  We thank God for having made us children of His Church
which is ever animated and directed by the Divine Spirit,
sent into this world for that purpose
of the day of Pentecost.
May we hear and obey the Holy See,
the infallible mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit,
and the Church, the pillar and ground of truth.
May we uphold her doctrines,
seek her interests,
and defend her rights.

In the 5th Mystery, we reflect on:

The Holy Spirit in the soul of the just man and just woman.

The Meditation:  “Do you not realize that your body
is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you
and whom you received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
“Do not stifle the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
“…and "do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
who has marked you with his seal,
ready for the day when we shall be set free.” (Ephesians 4:30)

The Practice:  May we be ever mindful of the Holy Spirit Who is within us,
and carefully cultivate purity of soul and body. 
May we faithfully obey His Divine inspirations
so that we may bring forth the fruits of the Spirit -
Charity, Joy, Peace,
Patience, Dignity, Goodness,
Long-suffering, Mildness, Faith,
Modesty, Continency, Chastity.

Concluding prayers on the last two beads:

(We profess our faith:)
On the first bead, say either the Apostle's Creed or the Niceno-Constantinopolitan (Nicene) Creed:

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

(For the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff:)
We pray ‘Our Father’, ‘Hail Mary’, ‘Glory be’ on the second bead.

Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.