The Chaplet of the Holy Ghost 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 Ghost. It was approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1902. It is intended to be in regard to the Holy Ghost what the Dominican Rosary is in regard 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.
On these three beads one makes the sign of the Cross,
recites an act of contrition and the hymn Come Holy Ghost.
In each group the Glory be is said on the 7 small beads,
an Our Father and a Hail Mary on the 2 large beads.
On the remaining 2 large beads are said the Apostles Creed
and an Our Father and Hail Mary for the intention of the Holy Father.
There is a mystery for each of the 5 groups; the number 5 commemorating the Five Wounds of Jesus which are the fountains of grace which the Holy Ghost imparts to all men. The reflections suggested are as follows:
THE FIRST MYSTERY
By the Holy Ghost Jesus is conceived of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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. (Luke, I, 35)
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 conformable to the image of the Son of God.
THE SECOND MYSTERY
The Spirit of the Lord rested upon Jesus when he was baptized.
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. (Matthew, III, 16)
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 Holy Ghost Jesus is led into the desert to be tempted by the Devil.
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. (Luke, IV, 1-2)
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.
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, II, 2, 4, 11.)
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.
Know you not that you members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is in you? (I Cor., VI, 19.)
Extinguish not the Spirit. (I Thess., V, 19.)
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Eph., IV, 30.)
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, Benignity, Goodness, Long-suffering, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, Chastity.
Conclude with the “I believe” as a profession of faith. Say finally once Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.
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.