Welcome to our Virtual Retreat Space

Hidden Water Way

Make a sacred prayer walk, praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit.

As you listen to the peaceful music, take a few minutes to separate yourself from normal life. Prepare to enter into sacred space.

Close the door. Dim the lights. Shut out the sounds and sights of life outside the sacred space you’re creating in the room where you are sitting.

The walls and ceiling of this room are almost invisible to Jesus and the Saints in heaven. There is very little separating you from the divine.

Give yourself time to be alone with Jesus. Tell him how you feel right now.

Tell him why you need peace.

Thank him for being with you all the time.

Invite Jesus to journey with you into this Virtual Reality Sacred Prayer Walk.

Pray aloud the following, opening prayers of the Novena to the Holy Spirit.

OPENING PRAYER
Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love. Send forth Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.


ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring righteousness of Your justice, and the unconditional nature of Your love. You are the strength and light of my soul. In You I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness, and I pray with all my heart for help in avoiding even the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, listen to Your voice, and follow Your inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. I implore You, Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, to keep me always in Your grace. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening.” Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven You promised to send us the Holy Spirit to finish Your work upon the Earth. Grant the same Holy Spirit to me so that my soul may be sanctified and grow in the works of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel, that I may always choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and grow in holiness; the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and enjoyable, and the Spirit of Fear of the Lord, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread displeasing Him in any way. Help me, dear Lord, to be one of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Now you’re ready for the next step. First, turn off the music above. Then enter into Hidden Water Way by clicking on the image below. Wherever you see a hotspot (an italicized “i” in a white circle), open it (except for the one at the top of the stairs; save this for last). There are nine of these novena prayers scattered throughout the scenes. At the end of each prayer, you’ll say the second half of the “Our Father”, the “Glory be”, and the “Hail Mary”.

After you’ve found all nine prayers, go up the stairs of the retreat house to open the last hotspot.

Explore and discover what’s available by pushing the image left or right (360°). Click twice to expand it to full-screen view. More tips below.

Virtual Reality Retreat

MORE TIPS:

  • Click once to toggle the hotspots and other icons on or off.
  • Click the hotspots to experience what’s available in this retreat.
  • Three dots in the right upper corner will open or close the tools bar.
  • The tools bar includes icons for navigation help, turning sound off and on, information about our virtual space, sharing this space with your friends, commenting, and liking. (Commenting and liking require signing up at RoundMe; it’s free.)

On phones and tablets:

  • When it starts, you’ll be asked to allow sound. If this does not work right away, click “allow” again.
  • If the virtual image crashes, you don’t have enough available memory on your device.
  • Do not use the Round Me app, which is for VR goggles and does not include the hotspots.