A novena (no-vee-na) is a devotion that you can do for an intention. You say a particular prayer every day for nine days in a row to Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit , the Virgin Mary or a saint. When your nine days are done, then you say another nine days of the prayer in thanksgiving regardless of the outcome. This has been a very effective form of prayer when someone is really in need of something. There are some good apps in the Google play store you can download on your phone if you put in the search bar “novena”.
This form of prayer shows persistence and obedience in your prayer life. I have also found one novena prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague that you say for either nine hours (once per hour) or nine days. This is not vain repetition of prayer, this is asking for the intercession of the saints or going to Jesus or God for help.
What kind of prayers should you say a novena for? Well, you can’t make anyone fall in love with you or have selfish intentions. You have to have good intentions and God’s will in mind when you pray. Ask yourself, “What would God want?” Praying for sinners to turn to Jesus is always a good choice. Another one is, “God, please give that person or myself the graces that others refuse.” Saying a novena to a saint or the Holy Trinity, for their intercession is always a good idea. The saints are always there for us, to intercede for us on our behalf. There is strength in prayers in numbers.
I have been saying a novena for the last five days and already I have received part of my prayer. It also helps if you can get others to say the novena with you. I have two others saying the novena everyday for the same intention. My novena has produced a deeply moving answer for me in reply. I couldn’t have asked for a better reply. I was praying to St. Joseph, Patron of the Church. He always answers your prayer because he is the earthly father of Jesus and He would listen to him. Blessed be St. Joseph! Thank you St. Joseph!
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