A Novena is a repeated form of prayer that lasts nine successive days. The word "novena" originates from the period between the Ascension of Christ into Heaven and Pentecost (the outpouring of the Holy Spirit). After the Ascension, Mary, the Apostles, and the disciples of Jesus prayed for nine days to prepare for the coming Sunday of Pentecost. The faith and hope they displayed as they waited and prayed can inspire us today when we pray for grace or entrust a special petition to the Lord. Praying for nine days for a special intention allows us to take time to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and prepare ourselves to receive Its graces. Discover the many online novenas available on Hozana: Novena to St. Rita, novena to St. Jude, novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, novena to the Divine Mercy, novena to Mary Undoer of Knots, the novena to the Holy Spirit, and more!
Novenas can help us pray for the intercession of any saint. However, some novenas and saints are more popular than others: Saint Rita, for example, is often prayed to for Impossible Cases, and St. Michael Archangel, St. Joseph or St. Padre Pio are also frequently at the centre of many novenas.
Hozana offers you to discover these great novenas and many other novenas to various saints, who have much to teach us. (St. Francis, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Mary Magdalene.
It is quite common to pray to the Mother of Jesus Christ under the form of a novena. In addition, novenas can be part of special devotional prayers, such as the Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for the sick, or the Novena to Our Lady of Light.
Let Our Mother in Heaven wrap you in Her cloak by entrusting Her with your petitions for nine days.
You can prepare for some liturgical events with a novena: start it nine days before the feast to end it on the day of the event. For example, ready to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a novena to the Holy Spirit nine days before Pentecost. Open your heart to the Mysteries of the Ascension, All Saints' Day, or the Assumption by praying together for nine days on Hozana!
A novena can help you pray for a petition close to your heart: some novenas are dedicated to praying for shared or common pleas, such as novenas for the sick, novenas to pray for all those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, etc. In addition, praying online allows you to unite with many other Christians.
Other novenas, which you can revisit any time you like, serve to pray for more specific petitions: the novena to Joseph the Worker, the novena to Joseph to find a home, novenas for parents, grandparents, couples, etc.
The nine days of composing a novena are also a good opportunity to meditate on a specific theme, follow a particular saint's footsteps, and explore ourselves in depth. It's important to take some time with the Lord to gain perspective, learn to know ourselves and our deep desires better, learn to forgive, and experience joy… Novenas also serve that purpose!