What is a Novena?
Excerpt from Catholic Novenas
"Before His ascension into heaven, Jesus directed His apostles to wait and pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. With Mary, they prayed in Jerusalem for nine days. The next morning, Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and the Church was born. In later years, the practice of praying nine days for a special intention developed. This devotion was called a novena, from the Latin word for nine: novem. A novena, then, refers to devotions which take place over nine consecutive days or, in some cases, one day a week over nine consecutive weeks." THE NOVENAS INCLUDED ARE: to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Joseph to St. Anthony to St. Theresa to St. Jude to the Infant of Prague to St. Gerard to the Holy Spirit to Our Lady of Perpetual Help to St. Peregrine to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to St. Dymphna to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to St. Rita to St. Anne