What is a Novena?
Novena is from the latin word novem, meaning nine. Praying a novena is a Christian tradition dating back to the earliest followers. There are no exact rules for praying a novena but many people choose to pray to a particular saint for a specific intention at a fixed time every day for nine days. Or perhaps once a week, or if a need is pressing, every hour for nine hours! Sometimes the same prayer is repeated, sometimes different prayers each time, or variations of the prayers are used.
At the St. Anthony Shrine, we celebrate the Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday at 2:30 pm and again at 7:00 PM with a Mass. A Solemn Novena celebrates the feast of a great saint. The Solemn Novena in Honor of St. Anthony of Padua begins nine Tuesdays before the Feast of St. Anthony which is on June 13.
The Solemn Novena in Honor of St. Clare of Assisi, which we are celebrating as a daily novena, begins on August 2 and ends on August 10, culminating with the Feast of St. Clare on August 11.
For a list of prayers and quotes of St. Anthony, click here.
For a video of the Novena to St. Anthony and other prayers to him, click here.