A Novena is nine days’ intensive prayer for a specific intention. Think of it as a reflection of the Holy Trinity – the number 3 represents the Trinity, and the number nine represents 3 3’s – Okay?
Catholics around the nation are being called on to pray the rosary (which is a prayer centering on the Mysteries, or major events, of Christ’s life) for these nine days. I urge our non-Catholic friends to join us in some personal act of devotion.
Before I was comfortable with the rosary, I loved the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which revolves on two major prayers:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
If you’re not Catholic (and a growing number of nonCatholics are discovering the rosary – you may be one of them) then maybe this deliberately-said prayer would suit you? You can learn a bit more about it here.
We’re also being asked to fast for two of the nine days. Friday is a strong traditional fast day, not just during Lent, because it is the day we remember Our Lord’s sufferings and death.
If we unite our prayers in this matter, think how strong we become!