Praying a Novena
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.
Novenas to Pray
For Difficult Times – This Novena for Difficult Times can be prayed for any difficult journey or moment in your life.
There are a vast amount of beautiful novenas that you may use to help you pray for the intercession of a particular Saint. Here are several novenas that are widely used for different focuses.
St. Anne Novena – St. Anne is the Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a great Saint!
St. Anthony Novena – Well known for helping people find lost things. He was a Franciscan and is beloved by many.
St. Augustine Novena – One of the greatest defenders of the Catholic faith and renowned prodigal son.
St. Catherine of Siena Novena – A powerful and well loved saint who is also a doctor of the Church!
St. Dymphna Novena – Patroness of Depression and Anxiety, she is helpful to many who suffer.
St. Francis Novena – Founder of the Franciscan order whose holiness and tireless work helped reform the Church.
Venerable Fulton Sheen Novena – Not yet a saint, but he was a great Catholic leader in America.
St. Gerard Novena – Patron of Expectant Mothers.
St. Joan of Arc Novena – Martyr and young saint from France who led the French army to several military victories at the direction of God.
St. John Bosco Novena – Patron of the youth and founder of the Salesian Order.
St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena – Husband of the blessed Virgin Mary and Foster Father of Jesus.
St. Jude Novena – Probably the most popular of all the novenas, St. Jude is the patron of lost causes.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena – Hero of the concentration camp Poland.
St. Michael the Archangel Novena – Prince of Angels and protector of the Church.
St. Monica Novena – Monica was the mother of St. Augustine and she is known for praying for mothers, alcoholics and wayward children.
St. Padre Pio Novena – Padre Pio had the stigmata and he is beloved by many Catholics.
St. Peregrine Novena – St. Peregrine is a popular saint because he is the patron saint of Cancer Patients.
St. Philip Neri Novena – Known as the Apostle of Rome he was very humorous and had a big heart.
St. Philomena Novena – Virgin and Martyr of the early Church, she is known for her powerful intercession.
St. Therese Novena – A very popular Saint and doctor of the Church. She is well loved and known for promoting sacrificial love in small things.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Novena – She was a Nobel Prize winner and helper of the poorest of the poor. She is the Patron of World Youth Day.
A liturgical novena is one that is prayed in cooperation with the liturgical calendar. This type of novena is a great way to prepare spiritually and it leads up to an important feast day of the Church. It generally ends the day before the feast.
Annunciation Novena – When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to Mary.
Assumption Novena – When Mary was assumed into heaven at the end of her earthly life.
Christmas Novena – The birth of Jesus.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena – Longer Christmas novena beginning on the feast of St. Andrew.
Divine Mercy Novena – The devotion given to us by Jesus through St. Faustina.
Immaculate Conception Novena – The celebration of Mary’s conception without sin.
Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Novena – The celebration of the Virgin Mary’s birth.
Novena to the Holy Spirit – The celebration of decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – The devotion given to us by Jesus through St. Margaret Mary.
Christ the King Novena – The feast of Christ the King.