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What is a novena?

A novena is usually a nine-day period when a person prays for some special intention. Acts of the Apostles 1:13-14 says that Mary and the apostles spent the time between Jesus’ Ascension and Pentecost in prayer. That is nine days if you don’t count Pentecost itself.

No special prayers are required, though prayer books often have recommended prayers for asking saintly intercession or addressing God directly.

A novena could be nine of some day of the week. For example, the nine Tuesdays before the feast of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) are considered a novena.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Denis and Companions: This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. 
<p>The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius in 258. </p><p>According to one of the legends, after he was martyred on Montmartre (literally, "mountain of martyrs") in Paris, he carried his head to a village northeast of the city. St. Genevieve built a basilica over his tomb at the beginning of the sixth century.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints share in God’s glory, for they are God’s new creation through Jesus Christ. This new creation radiates God’s glory, for God fills the saints with his grace. He shares his glory, his divine life, with those who are willing to receive it through the work and person of Jesus Christ.

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