|First Day of Creation, from the Capella Palatina di Palermo|
In the beginning God created heaven, and earth. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
I've been thinking that I would like to do something in preparation for Pentecost, but I don't want to post a novena, so this is what I have decided to do. I'm going to find illustrations for nine appearances of the Holy Spirit found in the scriptures and post one every day, and here is the first. I guess it will be a kind of visual novena. You can't get any more first than Genesis 1. I don't think that it's any accident that within the first three verses of the Gospel we see the entire Trinity at work. Verse three begins, "And God said . . . ."
This one is from the dome of the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice.
You can see the Holy Spirit at the 9:00 o'clock position. I guess that's appropriate--9:00 o'clock in the morning, although it's only there because of the direction from which the picture was taken.
You can see a slideshow of enlarged pictures by clicking on any picture ONCE. If you double-click, you won't get anywhere.
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen. Prayer from Day 1 of Novena to Holy Spirit