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What is a "Novena"?
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By Anne Van Tilburg
Published on 07/9/2009
 
What is a "Novena"?

What is a "Novena?

A novena is prayer said repeatedly nine times - usually over nine days. (The word comes from the Latin "novem", meaning "nine".)  Before Christ came, some ancient people such as the Greeks and Romans used to pray for nine days on certain occasions - for example, when someone died. The first novena of the Church was established by Christ Himself. He asked the Apostles to pray to receive the Holy Spirit. After nine days of prayers from the time of His Ascension, the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost, and the Church was born.

Catholics now pray many different types of Novenas. Some, such as the Novena on the nine days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday just mentioned, help us prepare for important feasts. Others are associated with various Saints and devotions.

Novenas are a wonderful way to keep constant in prayer. They are not, of course, a magical formula for always getting what we want from God; they help us to purify our intentions, so that when we make our request we do so confident that God will give to us what is best for us.

Here is a novena which you may consider saying if you have a special need at any time. You may say this prayer over nine days, or even at the same time every hour over nine hours in one day.

                                                        POWERFUL NOVENA OF CHILD-LIKE CONFIDENCE

O Jesus, who hast said: "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you",
 through the intercession of Mary, Your most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
(State your request.)

O Jesus, who hast said: "All that you ask of My Father in My Name, He will grant you",
through the intercession of Mary, Your most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your name that my prayer be granted.
(Repeat your request.)

O Jesus, who hast said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away",
through the intercession of Mary, Your most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
(Repeat your request.)