What’s a Novena?

A Novena generally consists of a single daily prayer to a Saint, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Angels or Jesus. The Novena prayer is repeated for nine consecutive days. Often the Novena is planned so that the tenth day coincides with the Saints Feast Day or another liturgical event E.g. Easter, All Souls Day or Christmas.

The many Novenas in existence, can be loosely placed into one of the following categories:

Mourning E.g. the death of a loved one
Preparation E.g. Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection
Petition E.g. seeking recovery from an illness
Penance E.g. asking for forgiveness of ones sins

The Saints have already passed through this life and are now enjoying the rewards of eternal happiness in heaven with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Angels and Jesus. When we pray to them, it’s easy to imagine that they take our prayers, make them more holy and, with their own prayers, present them to God the Father Almighty.

The Angels, Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary are happy to help us; they celebrate with the Angels when we pray to them.

Jesus said, “Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice speedily.” (Luke 18:7-8)


Choose a Novena today; be persistent, keep praying and don’t lose heart: