Novena and it's originThe word novena derives from the Latin word for “nine” and its practice of praying it is derived from Scripture, but it was also influenced by Greek and Roman family or private practices of nine days of mourning followed by a feast, after the death of a loved one.
So according to Catholic Church, a novena is a devotion consisting of a prayer repeated on nine successive days, asking to obtain special graces or expressing a specific intent. The prayers may come from short prayer books, recitation of the Rosary, or short prayers through the day addressed to saints or angels or to our Lord, or His Blessed Mother.
There are four types of Novenas:
- Those of Mourning (such as during the nine days following the death of a loved one.);
- Preparation (for nine days of prayer before special feasts in Catholic Calendar such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost);
- Prayer asking to obtain special graces or expressing a specific intent. as mentioned above; and finally,
- Indulgence (to help us satisfy our remaining temporal punishment before God for sins that have been forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance, otherwise known as confession.)
Though the novena is primarily a devotion used by members of the Catholic Church, it is also practiced by some Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran Christians. So whether you are a Catholic or not and would like to get involved, we invite you to click Pray More Novenas to get started.