“The Most Powerful Novenas of the Church

“The Most Powerful Novenas of the Church

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What is a Novena?

A novena is a term used to describe a continuous praying of a formula nine consecutive times, usually nine consecutive days or once a week for nine weeks. The number nine derives from the time Mary and the Apostles waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit between Ascension and Pentecost. (from the Catholic Encyclopedia)

Novenas are letter of petition to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saints, including Saint Anthony, Saint Peregrine and Saint Therese of Lisieux. Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is a new and quick one, each prayer in “The Most Powerful Novenas of the Church’s includes the history of that particular novena.

Although the practice of praying novenas has only been around since the 1600s, believers have embraced this commitment of devotion as a unique aspect of our Catholic identity.

“You don’t control God by Saying Novena, however it helps us to opening ourselves to God in order to increase our faith and grow in love of God and neighbor,” said Redemptorist Father Jim White.

“Novenas are about inner healing, obtaining special graces, transformation and growing in virtue and holiness.”

History, purpose

The word “novena” comes from the Latin “novem,” which means nine. Thus, novenas always include nine of something: months, weeks, days, hours or even the same prayer repeated nine times.

In ancient Rome, it was customary to pray for the dead over a nine-day period as a way to mourn and commit the soul to God’s mercy. Mary, the Apostles and other followers of Jesus gathered to pray in the Upper Room during the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost.

In the early Middle Ages, novenas were prayed in preparation for major liturgical events such as Christmas and Pentecost and later used as acts of reparation.

Gradually, parishes took on the novena tradition, and it became customary for each parish to have an ongoing novena of some kind. Many parishes carry on that tradition to this day. Although novenas have been part of Catholic tradition since its earliest days, the Church didn’t officially bless the practice until the 19th century, according to Father White.

But if a novena holds no magical powers, what’s the use of praying them?

“When we pray a novena, we focus our spiritual attention intently on one set of prayers,” said Mary DeTurris Poust. “It’s typically for a special intention in order to receive special graces and either the answer to our prayer or the whisper of the Spirit telling us what we need to do, where we need to go. It’s our version of the Upper Room.”

Having the right attitude is key to the use of novenas. Because they’re a powerful means of prayer, we can be tempted to abuse their power.

When we pray a novena, we must take on Jesus’ attitude in Gethsemane the night before he died. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42)

How and why

There are three essential elements for the use of novenas.

First, the prayers are specific, which helps us make our needs before God specific without telling God how to answer our prayer.

Second, the prayers include an expression of trust and confidence in God’s ability to answer them.

“Often we have some doubts, so we pray like the man with the epileptic son,” he said. “‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.’ Prayers that rouse our trust in God are aids to the graces of faith and hope.”

Third, repeating prayers and repeating them over time is helpful because we often need that length of time to move beyond merely making a request to learning to listen to God as he speaks to us in prayer.

According to Father Pacwa, he said and i quote “Getting the answer we seek is only part of the issue,”

“It is also essential to see the need of praying over a long time. The novena induces us to consider more aspects of the importance of receiving the answer. As we pray, we develop our relationship with God, and that is often more lasting than the actual result we see from praying with faith. The relationship with God himself is essential, and a novena reminds us that the relationship takes time.”

List of Novenas That are very Powerful in the Church

Novena To Little Flower

Novena To Divine Mercy

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Novena to the  Miraculous Medal

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrow

Novena St. Anthony of Padua


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