#pentecostnovena2021

13/05/202124/05/2021

Nine Days of Prayer concluding with a Live Stream Event on Whitmonday

An nationwide, transdenominational, 9-day Prayer Initiative (Novena) will take place in Austria May 14-22, with a video kick-off on May 13 and a livestreamed Prayer Celebration on Whitmonday, May 24.

Anyone can register here on this platform to receive regular prayer info and can use our Prayer Calendar to choose one or more prayer times during these nine days,  and thus join with many others to pray for Austria round the clock.

On each day of the novena, a video will be posted on YouTube with links on social media and here on this website, with a short devotional and prayer requests from each of the nine Austrian provinces.

The planned speakers are:

May 14: Friday– TYROL: Maria Prean, Missionary (Imst/Uganda)
May 15: Saturday – SALZBURG: Georg Mayr-Melnhof, Loretto Community (Salzburg)
May 16: Sunday – VIENNA: Johannes Fichtenbauer, Deacon (Vienna)
May 17: Monday – LOWER AUSTRIA: Helmuth Eiwen, Ichthys Gemeinde (Wiener Neustadt)
May 18: Tuesday – UPPER AUSTRIA: Hannes Minichmayr, KISI Kids – God’s Singing Kids (Altmünster)
May 19: Wednesday – VORARLBERG: Daniel Beusch, Free Evangelical Church (Dornbirn)
May 20: Thursday – BURGENLAND: Carsten und Beatrix Merker-Bojarra, Lutheran Church (Bad Tatzmannsdorf)
May 21: Friday – CARINTHIA: Leander Müller, Outi & Lee (Launsdorf)
May 23: Saturday – STYRIA: Irene Perndanner, Vineyard (Graz)

You can also sign up for specific prayer times on our prayer calendar and thus be part of praying for Austria with many others, round the clock for nine days.

The concluding Prayer Celebration on Whitmonday, May 24, at 7 p.m., will be livestreamed on Youtube and will feature representatives of all the denominations in Austria, such as the Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan Arsenius, the Lutheran Superintendant of Vienna Matthias Geist, the Roman-Catholic Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Speaker of the Free Churches Reinhard Kummer, etc.

All Christians in Austria are invited to join us in prayer. The theme of this prayer initiative is based on the well-known 9th century Latin hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit), which many ascribe to Rabanus Maurus, archbishop of Mainz and one of the foremost theologians of the 9th century::

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav’nly throne;
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.

Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.

O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.

Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th’eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed three in One.

All glory to the Father be,
with his coequal Son;
the same to thee, great Paraclete,
while endless ages run.

Amen.


*) Novena: from Latin novem, “nine”, is a nine day period of prayer, especially before Pentecost, based on the report in Acts 1:13-14 that after Christ’s ascension the Apostles, with Mary and other disciples, waited prayerfully in the Upper Room until the Holy Spirit came upon them nine days later on the day of Pentecost. [Back to top]