A novena[1] is a series of nine prayers which can be prayed privately or publicly (i.e. in church) for nine successive days for a specific purpose.  The purpose is usually a special church feast e.g. Novena to the Sacred Heart, a group petition Novena e.g. for those in distress such as refugees, or to pray for someone who has recently died.

Praying a novena helps us keep special intentions in mind and helps us notice God at work in the world.


[1] from Latin: Novem, meaning Nine

First Day: A Heart For Us Reflection: Jesus came on earth for us, lived, suffered and died for us; intercedes today with his Father for us. 'For us...and our salvation he came down from heaven... for our sake he was crucified...' (Creed) St Paul...
Sacred Heart of Jesus Stephen Whatley