Novena 101


omeone please explain to me the basics of praying a Novena? I would like to pray St. Benedict’s Novena but I’m am confused about the order of prayers and the quantity of time I am to spend praying it.

The simpler and more in depth, the better!


A novena is a collection of short prayers dedicated to our Lord or to our blessed mother, or to one of our saints. These prayers puts us in the mood of meditation and love. The length of the reflections are of no importance, just the devote desire to unite with God through these prayers. These prayers we may also say during the day independently of the actual novena, called reflections… Its very difficult to sin while praying, so be in constant prayer, constant presence of God.:):):):):):):slight_smile:
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This is the father of all novena, it covers all of our needs. and in my opinion the best.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.



Creation Awaits Fulfillment

Holy Spirit, Lord of light

From Your clear celestial height

Your pure beaming radiance give

Almighty and eternal God, send forth Your Spirit, who brought order from chaos at the beginning of the universe, and peace to the Lord’s disciples.

Grant that I, as your creation, baptized in your Spirit, may be filled with the seven gifts so that I may forever do your will and renew the face of the earth. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Christ’s Promise To Send The Paraclete

Come, Father of the poor!

Come, treasures which endure!

Come, Light of all that live!

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, fill me with devotion to God alone.

In the Risen Christ, I welcome You, O Spirit of truth, whom the Father sends in Jesus’ name. Wash clean the sinful soul, and rain down your grace that we may be one with the Church in fidelity to our Lord Jesus, Christ. Amen.


Our Frather, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


The Soul of Christ’s Body, The Church

Thou, of all consolers, best.

Visiting the troubled breast

Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart.

God, our Father, may I, through the grace of your Spirit, be forever filled with filial affection for you. Grant that I may be inspired to love and respect all members of your family as brothers and sisters of Jesus, who, together with him, call you Abba, Father. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


The Dignity Of The Christian

Thou, in toil art comfort sweet;

Pleasant coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity.

0, Divine Trinity, grant that we may be strengthened to see in ourselves and each other the dignity that is ours as temples of Your Holy Spirit, to be loved by one another as each of us is loved by Jesus. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Gifted To Serve And Build Others Up

light immortal! Light Divine!

Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,

And our inmost being fill!

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father.

Father, through Your Spirit, You invite us to participate in the fullness of Creation. Help me to see that all gifts are from You and intended for your Glory. For there are many different gifts, but always the same Spirit, many ways of serving, but always the same Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Human Weakness And Sinfulness

If Thou take Thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay,

All his good is turned to ill.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds that we may appreciate and see more fuIJy what we know by faith.

Come to us in our weakness and give voice to our petitions, for “the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Growth In The Freedom That Love Gives

Heal our wounds -our strength renew;

On our dryness, pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away!

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Counsel. Make my thoughts holy, my love pure, and my works pleasing to God.

Father, guided by Your Spirit, may I strive to make loving choices and respect all life. May we be aware of our dignity as Your sons and daughters, redeemed with the Blood of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Gifted Through The Spirit

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray!

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, strengthen my faith, increase my hope, perfect my charity.

Father, enlighten us each day, in the silence of our hearts, to discern the voice of Your Spirit, to do what He asks of us and to understand the gifts He freely gives us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


Sent With The Power To Reconcile

Thou on those who evermore,

Thee confess and Thee adore,

In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend;

Give them comfort when they die;

Give them life with Thee on high;

Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Father, through Jesus, Your Son, You sent the Paraclete to be at our side, to reconcile all Creation to you. Grant that I may be forever open to Jesus’ invitation to “Receive The Holy Spirit!” Father, open our hearts to accept Your forgiveness for our sins and to offer that same forgiveness to those who we feel have offended us. For merciful forgiveness is the essence of Your love revealed in Your Son.

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your Heavenly Fruits -Your charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity , goodness, faith, mildness and temperance, that I may, by faithful submission to your Inspiration, merit to be united eternally with You in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father. Act Of Consecration, Prayer For The Seven Gifts.


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring his opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity , so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love.

Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.

The Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;

The Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation;

The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness;

The Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth;

The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;

Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever;

Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen.


Novenas are any prayers prayed during a period of multiple days - traditionally, however, my understanding is that they are prayers prayed in consecutive nine day periods, which can, of course, be repeated. The scriptural basis for them, my understanding also is, can be found in Acts of the Apostles, during Pentecost when Our Mother and the Disciples prayed and fasted for 9 days and nights prior to receiving the Holy Spirit, as Our Lord commanded them.

Hope this helps!


Thanks guys. I really appreciate the help.



Thank you for spelling it out for me!


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