The Catholic Encyclopedia defines a Novena as "nine days' of private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces."
The heart of any Novena is the same as the first one, called by our Lord Himself. "He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father." (Acts 1:4, emphasis mine)
When we pray a Novena, we either pray the same prayer for all nine days or follow a list of prayers to be prayed for each day. Every novena is a bit different in the intention, formation of prayers and practice.
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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for a New Culture of Life
Novena to Our Lady of Fatima for Conversion
Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed
Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church
Novena to Joachim and Anne for Christian Married Couples
Novena to the Heavenly Father for our Earthly Fathers