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A group of pious women gathered for a novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most likely a mourning event. circa 1940.

A novena (from Latin: Novem, meaning Nine) is an institutional act of religious pious devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, often consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days in belief of obtaining special intercessory graces.[1]

The prayers are often derived from devotional prayer books, or consist of the recitation of the rosary (a "rosary novena"), or of short prayers through the day. Novena prayers are customarily printed in small booklets, and the novena is often dedicated to a specific angel, saint, a specific Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or it invokes one of the personages of the Holy Trinity.

Within the Roman Catholic discipline, novena prayers for public use must have an Imprimatur, Nihil Obstat, and Imprimi potest. These ecclesiastical sanctions are usually granted by a bishop or any ranking prelate for publication and approval.


The practice of saying novenas is not explicitly derived from Holy Scripture, but was rather influenced by an early Greek and Roman custom performed by families consisting of nine days of mourning after the death of a loved one, followed by a feast.[2]

The practice was later adopted by new converts to the Roman Catholic faith who associated the event of the Twelve Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Upper Room as they prayed for nine days until the Holy Spirit descended on the Feast of the Pentecost. In the New Testament, this biblical event is often quoted from Acts of the Apostles, 1:12 – 2:5.

There are four recognized categories of novenas which belong to more than one of these categories:[2]

  • Mourning, or in anticipation of a Burial
  • In anticipation for a Church Feast or ending in Vespers (often requires Church attendance)
  • Individual or Group Petition (Expiatory)
  • Indulgence for the remission of Sins (often requires Sacrament of Confession or Church attendance)

By standard liturgical norms, novenas are performed in church, at home, or anywhere where solemn prayers are appropriate, though some indulgenced novenas require church attendance. Sometimes, a special candle or incense is lit at the beginning of the novena which burns during the nine days of prayer.

The first chapter of the General Principles of Sacrosanctum Concilium, #13 is often cited as a guideline regarding the implementations of public novenas.[3][4]

Other Christian use[edit]

Novena prayers are also practiced by some Orthodox and Anglican Christians, who hold close or similar beliefs regarding its pious practice.

See also[edit]



  • Right Reverend Monsignor Joseph F. Stedman, The New Revised 'Triple' Novena Manual, Confraternity of the Precious Blood, 1975.
  • Barbara Calamari & Sandra DiPasqua, Novena, Penguin Studio, 1999. ISBN 0-670-88444-8.

External links[edit]

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

PHOENIX—In Arizona, the Crosier Fathers and Brothers announced Oct. 24 the community would offer a novena of intercession for protection from Ebola in conjunction with St. Theresa Church in Phoenix. The novena was to begin Oct. 28 and continue for ...
The Argus
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0700

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The Straits Times
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

WE THANK Mr Khor Eng Hao for his feedback ("Preserve trees in Novena area"; Forum Online, last Thursday). The Health City Novena Master Plan is an integrated health-care development plan that integrates health care, education and community.

Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0700

Jennifer McEvoy-Caffrey took her selfie with her son Fionn, 13, and daughter Anaish, 11, as they went into the novena. She said: “It helps the Church appeal to younger people and my kids thought it was a great idea and they are growing up in this era.”.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:48:45 -0700

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700

The following guest homilists are scheduled for the novena: Sunday, Oct. 19, the Rev. Thomas Maloney; Monday, Oct. 20, the Rev. Gerald W. Shantillo; Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Rev. Donald Williams; Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Rev. John S. Terry; Thursday, Oct ...

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:15:00 -0700

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0700

With the development of the Novena area into a "Health City", the authorities should make an effort to preserve the trees, rather than take the easy way out by felling them. Even if young trees are planted later, it would take years for them to grow to ...

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