- a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
Origin of novena
Examples from the Web for novena
Historical Examples of novena
Would you like a 'novena' to 'Our Lady of Tears,' whose altar is here?Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
These devotions were called a Novena, which was a nine days' prayer-meeting.
This is what is said in the frontispiece of his novena, Manila 1918.
Since then nothing in the Novena that is memorable is registered.
Mamma,” asked Litka, “is it really necessary to say a novena for Pan Stas?Children of the Soil
- RC Church a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
Word Origin for novena
1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus "ninefold," from novem "nine" (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.