Why You Should Pray Novenas (and How to Pray Them)

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As Catholics, prayer is an essential element to living an authentic spiritual life. There are many ways to pray and one of my favorite ways is by praying a novena. If you haven’t prayed a novena yet, I hope the following tutorial will convince you to give it a try.

What is a novena?

Traditionally, a novena is a prayer that is said everyday for nine days straight. (The root of novena is “novem” which means nine.) There are, however, other types of novenas, such as the St. Andrew Christmas novena which is 26 days. There are also novenas where the prayer is repeated several times a day like the Glory Be to the Father novena.  There are even novenas that are prayed weekly or monthly such as the Sacred Heart Devotion. However, normally, a novena is one prayer said once a day for nine days.

Why pray a novena?

Novenas are beautiful and a very efficacious type of prayer. The prayers are often centered on a particular theme and thus can help you stay focused in prayer, particularly when you are praying for special intention. Additionally, if you are in the habit of praying regularly, praying a  novena elevate your prayer life to the next level. On the flip side, if you are not in the habit of praying, a novena can help you get back into the habit of prayer.

How do you pray a novena?

Usually, especially for a big feast day like Divine Mercy Sunday or the Immaculate Conception, you will use preset prayers. You can find those prayers online or in a Catholic prayer-book. Thus, all you have to do is follow along the prayers for each day. There are many, many different novena prayers that can be said in honor a saint, a feast day, or other need.

There are other ways to pray a novena as well. Really, you can make up your own prayers and pray a novena at any time for any intention. For example, you can pray a novena of Hail Marys every day for nine days for a loved one who is ill, looking for a job, or in thanksgiving for favors received. Another idea is to pray short aspiration prayer for nine days for you and your spouse before your wedding anniversary (or for another couple).

There are many ways of praying a novena and the types of prayers prayed in a novena are endless. You could even do a novena for 12 days or 24 days or even three or five days if that works for you. The basic idea is the same: a set of prayers (or single prayer) said over the course of several days or weeks.

I encourage you to pray a novena soon. And when you do, let me know how it went. I am sure it will enrich your prayer life as it has done for mine!

Other resources to learn about novenas

New Advent

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praymorenovenas.com This is a great site that I found that automatically sends you the prayers of a novena as they come up during the year. it’s website states, ” The PrayMoreNovenas.com community prays 1 novena together each month. You will get the novena prayers for each monthly novena delivered to your inbox on the morning of each day.” This is very handy if you are interested in praying more novenas or at least want to be informed of the various novenas as they come up. I signed up for the emails and although I don’t pray every novena, every month, and impressed with the many different novena prayers that are offered.

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Divine Mercy Novena Day Nine: Souls Who Have Become Lukewarm

Today is the last day of the Divine Mercy Novena. We are praying for the souls who have become lukewarm. You can find the prayers here, as usual, if you need them.

Have a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! If your Church is doing something for Divine Mercy Sunday, I hope you will try and participate. 🙂

Divine Mercy Novena Day Eight: The Souls Who are Detained in Purgatory

Today is day eight of the Divine Mercy Novena. We are praying for the poor souls in purgatory today. Need the prayers? Go here.

Are you confused or not understand the Church’s teaching about purgatory? Look for a post on purgatory in the near future. 🙂

Divine Mercy Novena Day Seven: Those Who Venerate and Glorify My Mercy

Today, for day seven, of the Divine Mercy Novena we are praying for “those who especially venerate and glorify My mercy”. You can find the prayers here.

Divine Mercy Novena Day Six: Meek and Humble Souls and Little Children

Today is day six of the Divine Mercy Novena and we are praying for the “meek and humble souls and the souls of little children”. As always, you can find the prayers here, if you need them.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (April 8, 2012)

Happy Easter! I pray you have a blessed and grace-filled Easter Sunday and Easter season!

Here are this week’s contribution to RAnn’s Sunday Snippets:

Weekly Goals

10 Scripture Verses for Holy Week

Book Review: Emily’s Hope by Ellen Gable

Divine Mercy Novena Introduction

Divine Mercy Novena, Day One

Divine Mercy Novena, Day Two

Divine Mercy Novena, Day Three

(I’ll be posting each day’s novena as a reminder. Do take a few minutes to join in with the awesome prayer.)

Divine Mercy Novena Day Two: Priests and Religious

Today is day two of the Divine Mercy Novena. For the Prayers, go here.

Divine Mercy Novena Day One: All Mankind, Especially All Sinners

Like I mentioned yesterday, today is Day 1 of the Divine Mercy Novena. If you don’t have the prayers, you can find them here:

Day One

Divine Mercy Novena – Introduction (Starts Tomorrow!)

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Devotion to the Divine Mercy is one of the most powerful and important devotions a Catholic should have. If you ignore all of the devotions I’ve been suggesting since January, DON’T ignore this one!

I’ve talked about Saint Faustina before and I HIGHLY recommend you read her diary. As a matter of fact, I’ve shared some quotes from her diary in the past.

In Saint Faustina’s Diary, the devotion to the Divine Mercy consists in several things:

1. The 3 o’clock hour

2. Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet

3. Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image

4. Praying the Divine Mercy Novena prior to Mercy Sunday

Over the Easter season I will talk about the the Hour of Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and encourage you to develop a “habit” of praying those two prayers. I will also talk about the significance of Divine Mercy Sunday some time this week.

For now, I want to remind you that the Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday of each year (that would be tomorrow) and strongly encourage you to join in with the novena.

As I did for St. Joseph’s novena, I will post a link to the prayers each day as a reminder.

Recommended Reading

Here are a couple of sites for you to learn more about the Divine Mercy Devotion:

EWTN

Divinemercysunday.com

thedivinemercy.org