The Novena Prayer Explained

What is a Novena? And who started it?

A novena prayer is a form of devotion consisting of nine days of prayer focused on a particular intention, saint, or aspect of Catholic faith. The word “novena” originates from the Latin word “novem,” meaning nine. It is rooted in early Christian tradition and has its origins in the nine days of prayer observed by the apostles and disciples between the Ascension of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:12-14).

The practice of novenas became more formalized over time, evolving into a structured period of nine days of prayer, often involving specific prayers, hymns, and devotions. Novenas are deeply ingrained in Catholic spirituality and are seen as a way to deepen one’s relationship with God, seek intercession from saints, and express particular intentions or needs.

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Throughout history, novenas have been associated with miraculous interventions and answered prayers, further solidifying their importance in Catholic devotion. Today, novenas continue to be a cherished tradition within the Catholic Church, observed by individuals and communities worldwide as a means of spiritual growth and supplication.

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