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A novena is a way of praying, often for a particular intention or need. It consists, very simply, of a prayer or prayers said for nine (usually consecutive) days.
This booklet contains specially composed novena prayers asking for the intercession of various saints. The long experience of praying Christians, and the teaching of the Church, assure us that the duty of Christians to support each other with prayer does not end with this life, and the saints delight to add their voices to ours when we make our requests to God our Father.
Each novena is prefaced with a short biography of the saint, which gives some suggestions of the particular intentions or needs where their intercession has been found especially powerful.