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A Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days.

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... mass tomorrow morning, said the director, that Almighty God may reveal to you His holy will. And let you, Stephen, make a novena to your holy patron saint, the first martyr, who is very powerful with God, that God may enlighten your mind. But you must be quite sure, Stephen, that you have a vocation because it would be terrible if you found afterwards that you had none. Once a priest always a priest, remember. Your ...
— A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man • James Joyce

... music and feasting, the greater the honour done to the saint. If the Juiz was a rich man, he seldom sent out alms-gatherers, but celebrated the whole affair at his own expense, which was sometimes to the extent of several hundred pounds. Each festival lasted nine days (a novena), and in many cases refreshments for the public were provided every evening. In the smaller towns a ball took place two or three evenings during the novena, and on the last day there was a grand dinner. The priest, of course, had to be paid very liberally, especially for the sermon ...
— The Naturalist on the River Amazons • Henry Walter Bates

... During the Novena, children go about reciting Christmas pieces, receiving money from those who gather around them to listen, and later they spend their earnings in buying eels or some other substantial ...
— Yule-Tide in Many Lands • Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann

... dowager, and the vidame breathed again with joy unspeakable. The good old woman kissed her grandson leaving a tear upon his cheek, and went away to thank God in prayer. The dear soul, who was making a novena for Auguste's safety, believed her ...
— The Thirteen • Honore de Balzac

... to pass that when she came to Lyons, my lady the Duchess of Alencon, afterwards Queen of Navarre, being one evening after vespers in the roodloft of the church of St. John, whither she came secretly to perform a novena with three or four of her women, (3) heard someone mounting the stairway whilst she was kneeling before the crucifix. By the light of the lamp she saw it was a nun, and in order that she might hear her devotions, the Duchess ...
— The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. V. (of V.) • Margaret, Queen Of Navarre

Words linked to "Novena" :   Roman Church, Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, devotion, Roman Catholic, Western Church

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