Definition of novena in English:


Line breaks: nov¦ena
Pronunciation: /nə(ʊ)ˈviːnə


  • (In the Roman Catholic Church) a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.
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    • The annual novena in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal continues on Monday nights in St Patrick's Church at 8pm.
    • Isabella felt so blessed by God that she offered two novenas, three rosaries and gave more donations to the order she was part of.
    • Inside, the nuns and their guests were making a novena to the Sacred Heart.


mid 19th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin novem 'nine'.

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