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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 for Difficult Times

The Novena for Difficult Times can be prayed for any difficult journey or moment in your life.

Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney Novena

Blessed Michael J. McGivney was a priest who lived in the 1800s. He is well-known as the founder of the Knights of Columbus. He was also responsible for helping the Catholic Church in America grow during the 1800s.

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.

Available Novenas

Annunciation Novena

Annunciation Novena

Liturgical Novenas

When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to Mary.

Assumption Novena

Assumption Novena

Liturgical Novenas

When Mary was assumed into heaven at the end of her earthly life.

Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney Novena

Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney Novena

Saint Novenas

Blessed Michael J. McGivney was a priest who lived in the 1800s. He is well-known as the founder of the Knights of Columbus. He was also responsible for helping the Catholic Church in America grow during the 1800s.

Christ the King Novena

Christ the King Novena

Liturgical Novenas

A novena to pray leading to the feast of Christ the King.

Christmas Novena

Christmas Novena

Liturgical Novenas

The birth of Jesus.

Divine Mercy Novena

Divine Mercy Novena

Liturgical Novenas

The devotion given to us by Jesus through St. Faustina.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Novena

Immaculate Heart of Mary Novena

Novenas for Mary

Christians look to Mary, the Mother of our Lord, as the first Christian and the model of holiness. This novena presents a profound opportunity for us to pray that Jesus may give us the Grace to be more and more like His mother and thus come closer to Him through His Immaculate Mother.

Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Novena

Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Novena

Liturgical Novenas

The celebration of the Virgin Mary’s birth.

Novena for Difficult Times

Novena for Difficult Times

Other Novenas

The Novena for Difficult Times can be prayed for any difficult journey or moment in your life.

Novena for Pope Benedict

Novena for Pope Benedict

Papal and Priestly Novenas

Holy Father in prayer. This novena is meant for the faithful to support the Pope through prayer.

Novena for the Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Novena for the Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Papal and Priestly Novenas

There are so many wonderful priests out there. We are so blessed to have them and it is important that we pray for them.

Novena for the Immaculate Conception

Novena for the Immaculate Conception

Liturgical Novenas

The celebration of Mary’s conception without sin.

Novena for the Papal Conclave

Novena for the Papal Conclave

Papal and Priestly Novenas

Novena for the Persecuted Church and Religious Freedom

Novena for the Persecuted Church and Religious Freedom

Other Novenas

With threats to religious liberty around the world, we have decided to dedicate this novena for religious freedom. We will pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

Novena of Our Lady of Hope

Novena of Our Lady of Hope

Novenas for Mary

Novena of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Novena of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Novenas for Mary

Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Novenas for Mary

We all have some “knots” in our lives… and Mary can untie them.

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Liturgical Novenas

The celebration of decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation

Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation

Novenas for Mary

This is the Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation written by Fr. Frederick L. Miller, S.T.D., 2012.

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena

Novenas for Mary

Our Lady of Sorrows Novena

Our Lady of Sorrows Novena

Novenas for Mary

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. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Novena

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Novena

Saint Novenas

She was a Nobel Prize winner and helper of the poorest of the poor. She is the Patron of World Youth Day.

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

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.

St. Philomena Novena

St. Philomena Novena

Saint Novenas

Virgin and Martyr of the early Church, she is known for her powerful intercession.

St. Therese of Lisieux Novena

St. Therese of Lisieux Novena

Saint Novenas

A very popular Saint and doctor of the Church. She is well loved and known for promoting sacrificial love in small things.

Venerable Fulton Sheen Novena

Venerable Fulton Sheen Novena

Saint Novenas

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