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What's a Novena?

Its name deriving from the Latin word "novem," meaning "nine," a novena is nine days of private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces. Though they are not part of our liturgy and remain a "popular devotion,” novenas have been prayed since the very beginning of the Church.  Mary and the Apostles prayed from the Ascension of Our Lord to Pentecost, a period of nine days (Acts 1). Also, a nine-day period of supplication was a pagan Roman and Eastern practice, so novenas were easily accepted by the earliest converts in these lands.

The Christian and Jewish meaning of the number "9" entered into Christian thinking on the matter, as "9" was associated with suffering, grief, and imperfection, making it a fitting number for when "man's imperfection turned in to prayer to God" (Catholic Encyclopedia).  St. Jerome wrote that "the number nine in Holy Scripture is indicative of suffering and grief" (Ezekiel 7:24).

Novenas, then, often, but not necessarily, have about them a sense of "urgency." They are typically made for special intentions, one's own or another's ("I'll make a novena for you"). Novenas to certain Saints are often made according to that Saint's patronage.  St Jude for “desperate cases,” St. Peregrine for cancer patients, etc.

There are four main types of novenas:

  • novenas of mourning, such as the novena made during the novemdiales - the nine day period following the death of a Pope
  • novenas of preparation, or "anticipation," such as the Christmas or Easter Novenas
  • novenas of prayer
  • the indulgenced novenas

In some novenas, the same prayer is said each day for nine days, or sometimes nine times in one day.  Others may have (or add) different prayers for each of the nine prayer sessions.

Basic Catholic Prayers

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
 
Amen.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
 
Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.
 
Amen.

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
 
as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
 
Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
 
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead;
 
he ascended into heaven;
is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and life everlasting.
 
Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
 
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God;
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God for true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
 
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
 
I believe in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
 
Amen.

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Mass Prayers and Responses

Excerpts from the English translation of the Roman Catholic Missal © 2010. Text in bold represents the wording that has changed.

Greeting

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.

Penitential Act, Form A (Confiteor)

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done
and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Penitential Act, Form B

Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord. People: For we have sinned against you. Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy. People: And grant us your salvation.

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ,Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Dialogue at the Gospel

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit. Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to... People: Glory to you, O Lord.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
 
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead;
 
he ascended into heaven;
is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and life everlasting.
 
Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
 
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God;
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God for true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
 
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
 
I believe in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
 
Amen.

Invitation to Prayer (Response)

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Preface Dialogue

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit. Priest: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right and just.

Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Mystery of Faith

Priest: The mystery of faith. People: A- We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again. or B- When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim you Death, O Lord, until you come again. or C- Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Sign of Peace

Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always. People: And with your spirit.

Invitation to Communion

Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. People: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Concluding Rites

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.

Praying with Your Five Fingers

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A simple way to teach children to talk with God. By Pope Francis

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The 10 Commandments

1) I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2) You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
3) Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
4) Honor your father and mother.
5) You shall not kill.
6) You shall not commit adultery.
7) You shall not steal.
8) You shall not bear false withness against your neighbor.
9) You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10) You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

The Rosary

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Daily Readings & Liturgical Year

Daily Readings - USCCB

Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. I will praise your [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29 The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy
came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
Many of Israel joined them,
but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:
"You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,
supported by sons and kin.
Come now, be the first to obey the king's command,
as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah
and those who are left in Jerusalem have done.
Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King's Friends,
and shall be enriched with [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
"I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
he spat out the meat,
and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
because of their long acquaintance with him,
and urged him to bring meat of his [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers]
there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,
son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.
He became king in the year one hundred and thirty seven
of the kingdom of the Greeks.

In those days there appeared in Israel
men who were breakers of the law,
and they seduced many people, saying:
"Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;
since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us."
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB

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Catholic Culture - Liturgical Year

St. Clement is the third successor of St. Peter who ruled the Church from c. 92 to 102 and is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. Pope St. Clement wrote a letter to the Corinthians, which is one of the most ancient and precious documents surviving from early Christian times; it shows his profoundly religious spirit, wholly imbued with the mystery of the things of God and love of Christian unity. [...]
Thu, Nov 23, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr. St. Cecilia is one of the most famous and most venerated of Roman martyrs. Her body was discovered in 822 and transferred to the title church that bears her name in Trastevere in Rome. It is difficult to determine the date at which she lived. The legend which recounts the Saint's martyrdom and that of her husband St. Valerian, as also of St. Tiburtius, her brother-in-law, places her martyrdom in the pontificate of Urban I (222-230); but the authenticity of this account cannot be established, nor can we [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
Today the Church celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of Mary. The three feasts of the birthday of Our Lady, the holy Name of Mary and her Presentation in the Temple correspond in the Marian cycle with the first three feasts of the cycle of feasts of our Lord: namely, Christmas, the Holy Name of Jesus, and His Presentation in the Temple (February 2). [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Felix of Valois, one of the courageous companions of St. John of Matha in the foundation of the Trinitarian Order for the redemption of captives in the hands of the Moslems. He died in 1212, at the motherhouse of the Order in the diocese of Meaux. [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.' For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Matt 25:26-29). [...]
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year

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Liturgical Year - Overview

Just as a typical calendar has four seasons, twelve months, fifty-two weeks, and 365 days that include holidays, solemn days, commemorative days, and days that are just "average," the Liturgical Year Calendar of the Church uses similar terms and measurements.The Liturgical Year is also marked by special seasons—Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum or Three Days, Easter, and Ordinary Time. The Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which usually occurs around the beginning of December or the end of November, and ends on the feast of Christ the King.However, the purpose of the Liturgical Year Calendar is not to mark the passage of time, but to celebrate and understand more fully the entire mystery of Jesus Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of his return in glory. During the course of a year, the paschal mystery—the passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus—is viewed from different angles, in different lights.The Liturgical Year Calendar first tells us what readings the Church has designated to be used for each day. Then it names the special feasts and commemorations celebrated during each season. These are listed one week at a time. A small colored cross reflects the color of the vestments to be worn by the priest during each celebration of the liturgy.

Liturgical Colors

Liturgies celebrated during the different seasons of the liturgical year have distinctive music and specific readings, prayers, and rituals. All of these work together to reflect the spirit of the particular season. The colors of the vestments that the priest wears during the liturgy also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated.

Liturgical Colors: White White, the color of joy and victory, is used for the seasons of Easter and Christmas. It is also used for the feasts of Our Lord, for feasts of Mary, the angels, and for saints who are not martyrs. Gold may also be used on solemn occasions.
Liturgical Colors: Red Red (the color of blood) is used on days when we celebrate the passion of Jesus on Passion Sunday and Good Friday. It is also used for the birthday feasts of the apostles and evangelists and for the celebrations of martyrs. Red (the color of fire) recalls the Holy Spirit and is used on Pentecost and for the sacrament of Confirmation.
Liturgical Colors: Green Green, seen everywhere in plants and trees, symbolizes life and hope and is used during Ordinary Time.
Liturgical Colors: Violet/Purple The colors violet or purple in Advent help us to remember that we are preparing for the coming of Christ. Lent, the season of penance and renewal, also uses the colors violet or purple.
Liturgical Colors: Rose Rose may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, and on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday. It expresses the joy of anticipation for Christmas and Easter, respectively.

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Padre nuestro

Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu Nombre;
venga a nosotros tu reino;
hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
perdona nuestras ofensas,
como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden;
no nos dejes caer en la tentación, y líbranos del mal.
 
Amén.

Señal de la Cruz

En el nombre del Padre,
y del Hijo,
y del Espíritu Santo.
 
Amén.

Ave María

Dios te salve María,
llena eres de gracia;
el Señor es contigo;
bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
 
Amén.

Gloria

Gloria al Padre,
y al Hijo,
y al Espíritu Santo.
 
Como era en el principio,
ahora y siempre,
por los siglos de los siglos.
 
Amén.

Credo de los Apóstoles

Creo en Dios, Padre todo poderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
 
Creo en Jesucristo, su único Hijo, nuestro Señor,
que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
nació de santa María Virgen,
padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado, descendió a los infiernos,
al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
subió a los cielos y está sentado a la derecha de Dios, Padre todo poderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a vivos y muertos.
 
Creo en el Espíritu Santo, la santa Iglesia católica, la comunión de los santos,
el perdón de los pecados, la resurrección de la carne y la vida eterna.
 
Amén.

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Año litúrgico

Igual que un calendario de cuatro estaciones, doce meses, cincuenta y dos semanas y 365 días, que incluyen días de fiestas y normales. El año litúrgico de la Iglesia usa términos y medidas similares.El año litúrgico tiene estaciones especiales llamadas "tiempos". Adviento, Navidad, Cuaresma, Triduo, Tiempo de Pascua y el Tiempo Ordinario. Empieza el primer domingo de Adviento y termina con la fiesta de Cristo Rey. Sin embargo, el propósito del año litúrgico no es marcar el paso del tiempo sino celebrar y entender con mayor claridad todo el misterio de Cristo, desde su encarnación y nacimiento hasta su ascensión, el día de Pentecostés y la espera de su regreso en gloria. Durante el curso del año, el misterio pascual, la pasión, muerte, resurrección y ascensión de Jesús, es vista desde diferentes ángulos y en diferentes luces. El calendario litúrgico primero nos dice que lecturas la Iglesia ha designado para leerse cada día. Los nombres de fiestas especiales y conmemoraciones celebradas durante el año, listada semana a semana. Una pequeña cruz refleja el color de las vestiduras que los sacerdotes deben usar en cada celebración litúrgica.

Los colores nos hablan del año litúrgico

Diferentes liturgias son celebradas durante diferentes tiempos del año litúrgico. Tienen música, lecturas, oraciones y ritos especiales que reflejan el espíritu de cada tiempo. Los colores de las vestimentas que usan los sacerdotes durante la liturgia también ayudan a expresar el carácter de los misterios celebrados.

Blanco Blanco, color de gozo y victoria, es usado durante los tiempos de Pascua y Navidad. También se usa para las fiestas de Nuestro Señor, de María y los ángeles, y los santos no mártires. El dorado es también usado en ocasiones solemnes.
Rojo Rojo, (el color de la sangre) se usa cuando se celebra la pasión de Jesús, el Domingo de Ramos y el Viernes Santo. Es también usado para celebrar las fiestas de los apóstoles, evangelistas y los mártires. El rojo (color del fuego) recuerda al Espíritu Santo y se usa en Pentecostés y para la celebración de la Confirmación.
Verde Verde, lo vemos en plantas y árboles y simboliza la vida y la esperanza, se usa durante el Tiempo Ordinario.
Morado El color morado se usa en Adviento y nos ayuda a recordar que nos estamos preparando para la venida de Cristo. En Cuaresma, tiempo de penitencia y renovación, también se usa el color morado.
Rosado El rosado puede usarse durante el tercer domingo de Adviento, Gaudete y el cuarto domingo de Cuaresma. Expresa el gozo por la espera de la Navidad y la Pascua.

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