Definition of novena in English:



  • (in the Roman Catholic Church) a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

    • ‘Seeking direction, Bernard made a novena in preparation for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.’
    • ‘The novena in Carrickcruppen has been well-attended by many of the Lislea crew and many from further afield.’
    • ‘A great woman for weekly Mass, she had a special attachment to her favourite novenas and her prayer life was an essential and inherent part of her daily life for many years.’
    • ‘The fourth night of the novena takes places on Monday, January 5th with rosary at 7.35 p.m. followed by Mass and Novena prayers at 8 p.m.’
    • ‘The next in the series of annual novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held in the parish church on the June 9.’
    • ‘Those who cannot take part in the Novena devotions at Knock Shrine because of distance, illness or any other serious problem can share in all its blessings by saying the novena prayer at home during the nine days.’
    • ‘A lady imbued with a strong sense of Christianity, she was a great woman for her prayers and novenas and her strong Catholic faith served as a guiding light and source of strength down through the years.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, Wednesday 21st is the 123rd Anniversary of the Apparition, and a bus will leave the Oratory in Newport at 6.00 pm for the evening novena.’
    • ‘The annual novena in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal continues on Monday nights in St Patrick's Church at 8pm.’
    • ‘A new novena to the Sacred Heart and St. Padre Pio will commence tomorrow night, Wednesday at 8 p.m. with Mass.’
    • ‘Another Garifuna tradition is a novena, the recitation of the rosary for nine days after a death.’
    • ‘She was a regular at the Monday night novenas and would go to Melleray as often as she could.’
    • ‘My husband's Jewish clients went to temple to pray, and our Catholic neighbors made a novena for us.’
    • ‘A novena (nine consecutive days of special prayers) for the dead is usually held in the home of the deceased, with friends invited on the final night.’
    • ‘A new novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help commences at the Church of St. Michael, Foxford tomorrow Wednesday.’
    • ‘The rite involves incense, candles, litanies and novenas, and set hymns, often in Latin.’
    • ‘Inside, the nuns and their guests were making a novena to the Sacred Heart.’
    • ‘A great crowd attended the first of the annual parish novenas of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal services last night.’
    • ‘Isabella felt so blessed by God that she offered two novenas, three rosaries and gave more donations to the order she was part of.’
    • ‘In her heart she had a special affection for the Sacred Heart and always looked forward to the Sacred Heart novenas.’


Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin novem ‘nine’.