Diocese of Yakima
Catholic Church of the Resurrection
Novenas are very popular and traditional methods of Catholic prayer. Novena is derived from the Latin "novem", meaning nine. A novena is when a series of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions. The prayers are given for nine days straight for the special intention. The novena is offered as a sacrifice to God. God sees a novena as a sign of devotion especially when the person saying the novena asks for a specific reason. There are many novenas to choose from to different saints.
Novenas can be made in public such as in a chapel or church or private in your own home. It takes only a few minutes a day to complete the prayers of the day.
Here's How to Begin:
1. Decide on an intention. You can decide a very specific intention or something general. Decide on something that is important to you or someone you care about. You can also pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, the Bishops, etc.
2. Set a certain time everyday you want to say the novena so you won't forget.
3. Look through the novenas to find one that you'd like to say.
4. Say all of the prayers that are listed and required. Don't forget to state your intention.
5. Repeat Step 4 for nine days straight.
6. You can say novenas as often as you'd like. You can say them for your intentions and others.
7. Be thankful even if your intention hasn't been answered immediately. God listens to all of our prayers even if He doesn't respond as we like. You can repeat the novena again for that particular intention too.
8. Be open to hear God especially if it's something you might not want to know or hear.
9. Educate others about novenas and tell them how they help you.
Click on the following links to access a few of the many special devotional novenas.
Ascension of our Lord
Assumption of Mary
Christ the King
Exultation of the Holy Cross
Holy Souls in Purgatory
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Novena for Our Priests
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Good Success
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Hope
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Our Lady of Sorrows-Sanctity of Life
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. Anne/St. Joachim
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis De Sales
St. Francis Xavier Novena of Grace
St. John Bosco
St. John Marie Vianney
St. Michael and the Archangels
St. Therese the Little Flower
The Three Hail Marys
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Links to other sites with numerous novenas
EWTN Novena Page
Catholic Links Novena Page
Treasury of 101 Catholic Novenas
Prayers, Novenas, Litanies, and Chaplets
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