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Novenas

A novena[1] is a series of nine prayers which can be prayed privately or publicly (i.e. in church) for nine successive days for a specific purpose.  The purpose is usually a special church feast e.g. Novena to the Sacred Heart, a group petition Novena e.g. for those in distress such as refugees, or to pray for someone who has recently died.

Praying a novena helps us keep special intentions in mind and helps us notice God at work in the world.

 

[1] from Latin: Novem, meaning Nine

Prayer and intercession for peace in Syria God of Compassion, Hear the cries of the people of Syria; Comfort those who suffer violence; Console those who mourn the dead; Give strength to those countries who welcome the refugees; Convert the hearts...
Collage of the life and martyrdom of Fr Frans by Farid Georges.
Day 1 "May our Lord increase the days of [your] life for many years, and may he grant you to feel in this present life his most holy will and the spiritual strength to fulfil it, so that you do and accomplish that which at the hour of your death you...
Painting of St Francis Xavier
First Day: A Heart For Us Reflection: Jesus came on earth for us, lived, suffered and died for us; intercedes today with his Father for us. 'For us...and our salvation he came down from heaven... for our sake he was crucified...' (Creed) St Paul...
Sacred Heart of Jesus Stephen Whatley