Advent & Christmas Novenas
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.
Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so the apostles along with Mother Mary and other followers of Jesus gathered to pray in the Upper Room during the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost. (Thus, the recognition as the “first novena.”)
When we pray a novena, we focus our attention intently on a special intention in order to receive special graces and either the answer to our prayer or discernment on what we need to do.
Having the right attitude is key to the use of novenas. 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).
Novenas help us to open ourselves to God in order to increase our faith and grow in the love of God and neighbor. They aid in inner healing, obtaining special graces, being transformed and growing in virtue and holiness. They bring us peace and joy, regardless of the answer we’ve received to our petition.
November 30th - Christmas
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. It's a wonderful way to enter into the Advent season which is marked by a time of anticipation, penance, and prayer.
December 3rd - 12th
Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena
Please join us as we pray the 9 day Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She also has the title Patroness of the Unborn because when she appeared to Juan Diego in what is now modern day Mexico in the year 1531 she was pregnant with Jesus. In the years following the apparition some 8 million pagans converted to Catholicism. This image of Our Lady on the cloak of Juan Diego is truly miraculous and in these perilous times for the unborn child we need our Divine Mother's help. in the year 1531 to Juan Diego, a simple peasant of Aztec descent who had converted to Catholicism.
December 4th - 12th
St. Lucy Novena
St. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. You can seek her intercession if you are blind or having problems with your eyesight. You can also ask her to pray for someone you know who is blind or is having problems with their eyesight.
December 16th - 25th
St. Stephen Novena
St. Stephen was the first martyr to die for the Christian Faith. He was one of the first men to be ordained a deacon in the Church. He was also an important figure in the early Church.
St. Stephen gave up his life with great courage for the Faith. You can use this novena to seek intercession from this holy martyr in your life!