What is a Novena?

A Novena generally consists of a single daily prayer to Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Saint or the Angels. The 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 or Christmas.

The many Novenas in existence may 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 one’s 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 and the Angels. When we pray to them, it’s easy to imagine that they take our prayers, make them more worthy 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 when we pray through them to God.

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: