What Are Novenas?
Cortes-Sjoberg, Santiago, U.S. Catholic
For 16 years I prayed them with my entire family before Christmas; I prayed them as a teenager, for the repose of the soul of parents of friends; I prayed them as a teacher with students to honor the school's patroness, St. Rita of Cascia, on the days before her feast day; and just this year I prayed privately to Our Lady of Guadalupe in preparation for important meetings on U.S. Hispanic ministry. Novenas have been part of my life from its beginning and part of the life of the church since its very first centuries.
The word novena derives from the Latin word for nine (novem), and it refers to nine days of private or public devotion and prayer; the days can be consecutive--as …
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Publication information: Article title: What Are Novenas?. Contributors: Cortes-Sjoberg, Santiago - Author. Magazine title: U.S. Catholic. Volume: 76. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 2011. Page number: 46. © 2008 Claretian Publications. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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