Monday, August 23, 2010



Novena comes from the Latin word “novem,” which means nine. A novena is nine days of prayer. Why nine? It comes from Sacred Scripture, the Bible. Jesus instructed his disciples to “pray always” right after he ascended into heaven. The disciples prayed for NINE days, and they received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The Catholic Church has adopted the power of nine days of prayer in the form of novenas, a popular devotion. Typically, novenas are set prayers that are recited for nine days with the care and protection of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or any number of saints. A novena may be dedicated to a specific intention.

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