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What is a Novena?

 

A novena is a series of prayers and meditations said for nine straight days usually to ask God for special prayer requests or petitions. They are often used to ask specific saints to pray for us. Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. The nine days of a novena recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.



 

How do I pray a Novena?

 

All you need to do is to state your intention each day and say the daily prayers with a sincere heart. It is not necessary to pray at the same time every day (although you can), or to fast, or to pray the rosary in addition to the novena; however, you can still do all of these things in addition to praying, but they are not required. 

Novenas should not be seen as magical incantations that guarantee desired results. God controls the universe and we certainly do not control God. He is not a genie in a bottle, but rather He is a loving Father in heaven. This means that whatever good intentions we pray for, we must accept the fact that God knows what’s best for us, whether we understand His divine intention or not.

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Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was started and made popular by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

She was inspired by visions of Jesus to spread this devotion.

St. Jude Novena

Saint Jude is the patron of Hopeless Causes and Desperate Situations. Pray these novena prayers to Saint Jude with confidence. Catholics have relied on his intercession in times of extreme need for centuries.

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Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Liturgical Novenas

The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was started and made popular by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

She was inspired by visions of Jesus to spread this devotion.

St. Anne Novena

St. Anne Novena

Saint Novenas

Although Saint Anne is not mentioned in the Bible, she is the holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. When we pray the St. Anne Novena, we are asking help from our Blessed Mother’s mother!

St. Anthony of Padua Novena

St. Anthony of Padua Novena

Saint Novenas

Through his work in Padua in Italy, he became a loved and admired Saint in the Catholic Church, sharing the faith through simplicity — which led to him becoming a Doctor of the Church.

St. Augustine Novena

St. Augustine Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Augustine is one of the greatest defenders of the Catholic faith and the patron saint of searchers. At the end of nine days of prayer, we hope to find the God that saved Saint Augustine waiting to deliver us from temporal concerns through his kind intercession.

St. Catherine of Siena Novena

St. Catherine of Siena Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Catherine of Siena was a Third Order Dominican who lived in the 1300s. She successfully encouraged the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon and helped the sick during the Black Death in Europe.

St. Dymphna Novena

St. Dymphna Novena

Saint Novenas

Saint Dymphna was born in Ireland during the 7th century. Her feast day is traditionally celebrated on May 15. Saint Dymphna is usually associated with accounts of miraculous cures of mental illness and she is often invoked for those inflicted with emotional and mental distress.

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Saint Novenas

Though he chose not to be ordained a priest, St. Francis is one of the most revered saints of the church. The great respect accorded to St. Francis is primarily due to his life of service, insistence on the practice of absolute poverty, and great humility.

St. Gerard Majella Novena

St. Gerard Majella Novena

Saint Novenas

St Gerard Majella, known as the Mothers’ Saint, was an Italian Redemptorist lay brother whose prayers led to the miraculous healing of a mother in a high risk childbirth.

St. Joan of Arc Novena

St. Joan of Arc Novena

Saint Novenas

Saint Joan, also known as the Maid of Heaven, is often invoked for strength and courage, which she herself exemplified throughout her life as she followed God’s direction and led the French army to several victories during the Hundred Years War.

St. John Bosco Novena

St. John Bosco Novena

Saint Novenas

St. John Bosco, also known as St. Don Bosco, is famous for working with the youth. St. John Bosco started the Salesian order which is the largest single religious order in the world today!

St. Joseph Novena

St. Joseph Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Joseph is a powerful patron. He is, as John Paul II called him, the Guardian of the Redeemer. He humbly accepted his role as guardian, husband and father in the Holy Family. Therefore, St. Joseph’s intercession has been sought for centuries.

St. Jude Novena

St. Jude Novena

Saint Novenas

Saint Jude is the patron of Hopeless Causes and Desperate Situations. Pray these novena prayers to Saint Jude with confidence. Catholics have relied on his intercession in times of extreme need for centuries.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena

St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena

Saint Novenas

St Maximilian Kolbe was Polish Franciscan friar, martyr, and saint who gave his life for a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz during World War II.

St. Michael the Archangel Novena

St. Michael the Archangel Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned a few times in the Bible and is venerated as the ‘Prince of Angels.’ He is known for interceding for us for protection from evil and for healing.

St. Monica Novena

St. Monica Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Monica is a very powerful intercessor for all those to go to her for help. She was the mother of St. Augustine who is a Doctor of the Church and a highly revered Saint, philosopher and theologian.

St. Padre Pio Novena

St. Padre Pio Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Padre Pio had the stigmata and is widely regarded as a miracle worker.

St. Peregrine Novena

St. Peregrine Novena

Saint Novenas

St. Peregrine was known for his holiness but also for a miraculous healing that he received.

St. Philip Neri Novena

Saint Novenas

Saint Philip Neri, also known as the Apostle of Rome, was an Italian priest in the 16th century. He is especially noted for founding a society of secular priests called the Congregation of the Oratory.

Venerable Fulton Sheen Novena

Venerable Fulton Sheen Novena

Saint Novenas

Not yet a saint, but he was a great Catholic leader in America.