no·​ve·​na | \ nō-ˈvē-nə How to pronounce novena (audio) \

Definition of novena

: a Roman Catholic period of prayer lasting nine consecutive days

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Recent Examples on the Web They are divided across national borders as family members die, praying novenas on Google Hangouts. ProPublica, "Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic’s Epicenter," 3 May 2020 Guadalupe celebrations at this parish and others in Pilsen, Little Village and around the Chicago area have included a special series of Masses known as novenas, dances, parades, dinners, blessing of roses, plays and other social activities. Laura Rodríguez,, "Why 200,000 people travel each December on foot, by horse and even semitruck to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines," 11 Dec. 2019 This is the conclusion mass for the nine-week novena to St. Jude and will take place at 33 West St. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped baby gift and place it near the altar prior to mass., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 11 Oct. 2019 Alfie’s plight has been front-page news for weeks in Italy, where supporters launched a nine-day novena cycle of prayer in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday to show solidarity with Alfie, his parents and the pope’s message of support. Washington Post, "Toddler Alfie Evans’ parents say they’ll work with doctors," 26 Apr. 2018 The Daughters of Charity organized nine days of prayer — a novena — and the child had a full recovery. Jacques Kelly,, "Dr. B. Martin Middleton, former chief of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of novena

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for novena

Medieval Latin, from Latin, feminine of novenus nine each, from novem

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“Novena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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