I’ve selected a combination of red, orange, yellow and white agate to create the look of flames – an easy reminder of how the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles at Pentecost. Have you ever stopped to think about how dramatically the Holy Spirit still interacted with the early Church? And how dramatically he still interacts with us? Have you asked Him to increase in you the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that you received (or will receive) at Confirmation?
There are two schools when it comes to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There’s the Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit that you probably learned in catechism school, and the charismatic gifts which St. Paul talks about.
The Spiritual Gifts are the seven that are given (as gift) by the Holy Spirit to teach you to know and love God, and in turn love others more deeply. These are listed in Isaiah 11: 1-3: Wisdom (knowledge of divine things that helps you judge and direct human affairs in accord with divine truth), Understanding (penetrating insight into God and the higher truths necessary for salvation), Counsel (direction from God), Fortitude (firmness of mind to do good and avoid evil particularly when it is difficult or dangerous), Knowledge (ability to judge correctly about matters of faith and right action), Piety (reverence towards holy things and paying worship and duty to God), Fear of the Lord (the high reverence of God where we fear separation from Him as opposed to fearing punishment). (parentheticals summarized from St. Thomas Aquinas)
The Charismatic Gifts are the ones given for the building up of the Church. Necessarily they are the ones given to you for others to encounter God, never for yourself. These are the “flashy” gifts that so many of the Saints were given that St. Paul lays out in 1 Corinithians 12: 8-10: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith (these three corresponding to the spiritual gifts above, but are for others), Gifts of Healings, Miracles (self explanatory) Prophecy (judging rightly the present action and how it will affect the world in the future, not seeing the future), Discernment of Spirits (judging correctly inspirations from good spirits (essentially the Holy Spirit) versus evil spirits, to help another see what direction is God’s Will), Tongues, and the Interpretation of Tongues (interestingly over the centuries there are two schools of thought with the gift of tongues, one is actually speaking a language that you don’t know to someone who knows it like at Pentecost, with the interpretation side being able to understand a language you don’t know, and the other which is called “babbling” in which the person speaks a language no one knows that is thought to be like an angelic language where you communicate to God in words deeper than you can even understand.)
You can (and should) be talking to the Holy Spirit and asking you to give you the gifts, from both lists. As you begin your journey of Faith, focus on the Spiritual Gifts to build and strengthen your relationship with God. Then start asking Him if He wants to give you more for the building up of the Church. Don’t be shy. Be bold. And use this chaplet to help focus your prayer and bring you deeper in relationship to that Third Person of the Trinity who is sometimes so difficult to fathom.
So what is this chaplet? How do you pray it?
The Chaplet of the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) was composed in 1892 by a Franciscan Capuchin missionary to give his people a simple way to honor the third person of the Trinity. It was approved in 1902 by Pope Leo XIII.
It’s similar – on purpose – to the traditional rosary; five mysteries meditated upon with Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be’s. The five groups commemorate the Five Wounds of Jesus which are the fountains of grace through which the Holy Spirit acts, though the mysteries focus on the action of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ and the Church.
The mysteries are:
1. By the Holy Spirit is Jesus conceived of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
2. The Spirit of the Lord rested upon Jesus when he was baptized.
3. By the Spirit is Jesus led into the desert to be tempted by the Devil.
4. The Holy Ghost in the Church.
5. The Holy Ghost in the soul of the just man and just woman.
Keep reading for the meditations and practices that explain each mystery in depth, but first I want to explain how the chaplet is prayed – which prayers when. Each chaplet comes with an instruction pamphlet with the hymn and the mysteries!
The chaplet has 50 beads (a reminder of the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost). It begins with three red beads, followed by the 5 sets of 7 beads separated with two red beads.
On the first three beads you 1. Make the Sign of the Cross, 2. Say an Act of Contrition, and 3. Sing or say the Come Holy Ghost/ Veni Creator Spiritus hymn (below),
Then on the two red separator beads pray an Our Father and Hail Mary, and on the 7 beads pray 7 Glory Be’s.
Conclude with an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Pope’s intentions on the final two separator beads, and pray the Apostle’s Creed on the centerpiece.
Made with 8mm beads, this chaplet has the same sized beads as my other rosaries and you’ll find it a very comfortable size to pray with. The chapelt is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong and will last a lifetime of use. While I do strength test every chaplet, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major beads (if you loose the spacers, don’t even worry about it).
The beading wire stretches slightly as it is used (this is normal – it wears in when the wire is placed in tension aka pulled on) so you will be able to slide the beads along as you pray.
Features of the chaplet:
Center piece: 3/4″x1/2″ pewter silver oxidized tone Holy Spirit dove with the Trinity symbol and the Miraculous Medal symbol on the back
Crucifix: 1-1/4″x3/4″ silver oxidized tone grapevine Crucifix
Glory Be beads: 8mm red, orange, yellow and white agate stone beads
Our Father/Hail Mary beads: 8mm blue-spotted, red Czech glass beads with silver spacer beads.
Spacers: clear quartz crystal, dark grey mother of pearl, and small clear glass seed beads
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 Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” [Lk. 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 comformable to the image of the Son of God.
THE SECOND MYSTERY
The Spirit of the Lord rested upon Jesus when he was baptized.
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.” [Mt. 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 to be tempted by the Devil.
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.” [Lk. 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, 2:2, 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 of 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 and just woman.
The Meditation: “Know you not that you members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is in you?” [1 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, Dignity, Goodness, Long-suffering, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, Chastity.
The hymn for “Come Holy Ghost”
Veni Creator Spiritus
1) Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up thy rest;
Come with they grace and heav’nly aid to fill the hearts which thou has made;
to fill the hearts which thou has made.
2) O Comforter, to thee we cry, thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Font of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above:
and sweet anointing from above.
3) Praise be to thee, Father and Son, and Holy Spirit, with them One:
And may the Son on us bestow the gifts that from the Spirit flow;
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.