Thursday, May 25, 2006

The first Novena

The traditional practice of praying a novena (nine days of prayer usually in preparation for something or for a special intention) can be traced back to the time of the Apostles. The first Novena took place between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. Most dioceses in the US transfer the Solemnity of the Ascension to the next Sunday, but the traditional observance takes place today. If you would like to make that novena, EWTN has a lot of great ones to the Holy Spirit. I think I'm going to do the St. Edith Stein Novena to the Holy Spirit, but the Seven Gifts one is also really good.

God bless


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