Novena of the Seven Gifts
Here's what Fr. Euteneuer has to say:
Have you ever wondered when the first Novena was prayed? Look no farther than chapters 1 and 2 of the Acts of the Apostles to see that the disciples were gathered together in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost with Mary waiting and praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the promised Gift of the Lord. They had been there since Ascension Thursday praying the Church's very first novena! Despite the modern anomaly of moving Ascension to a Sunday, the Church repeats that original novena every year in preparation for the coming of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Sanctifier.
Let us make the nine days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday an extremely fruitful time of prayer.
By the way, you ought to try setting up this picture as your Desktop Background. My personal setting preference is "stretched." How about you?