Pray a Rosary Novena
for Unborn Children
Our Lady Queen of All Saints, Fr. Corapi, and millions of Catholics will be uniting in prayer from Monday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Nov. 4 to pray a Rosary Novena for God’s protection of unborn children. You are invited to join, too.
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I discovered this novena from a great blog, Unborn Word of the Day. The blog is associated with the website, Unborn Word Alliance. This is a great resource for those of you who wish to learn more about the pro-life efforts around our nation (and even around the world).
The people who run Unborn Word Alliance even have a Ville Platte connection: grandparents Albert and Irene Tate; Uncle Rene and Aunt Lola; and attending Sacred Heart High School for a while. What a small world!
The novena and rosary that Unborn World Alliance are promoting is the idea of Fr. Corapi (of EWTN fame). At his website, Fr. Corapi has issued a call for the Novena and Rosary to Our Lady of Victory. Let me quote a portion of his statement:
Today we have a similar spiritual battle in progress—a battle between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness, truth and lies, life and death. If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national.
Pray that God’s will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on our society that is abortion.
You can read the rest of the statement at Fr. Corapi’s website.
Fr. Corapi is asking that the Novena and Rosary be made to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title Our Lady of Victory (aka Our Lady of the Rosary). I recently did a post about Our Lady of Victory and the Battle of Lepanto that you might find interesting.
Of course, I can’t end this post without exploring exactly what a novena is (and isn’t). I’m going to summarize the information about novenas from the article in the Catholic Encyclopedia (found at the New Advent website – which you really need to bookmark).
- The word novena comes from the Latin word novem, which means nine. Thus, the prayers during a novena last for nine days.
- A simple definition: “A nine day’s public or private devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces.”
- According to St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, in Holy Scripture the number nine is indicative of suffering and grief.
- The most perfect number is ten. The number ten, being perfect, is indicative of God’s perfect divinity. Thus, the number nine can be seen as a number that is short of perfect – a number indicating IMperfection. The symbolic nature of praying for nine days can be seen as IMperfect man turning in prayer to God.
- One of the best explanations for the use of the number nine, however, comes to us from the first novena – the Pentecost Novena. When Jesus Christ was resurrected, but before His Ascension, He exhorted the Apostles to spend time in prayer in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the disciples spent nine days in prayer in the Upper Room. On the ninth day, the Holy Spirit came upon them in answer to their prayer.
- Pentecost = the 50 days from the time of the Resurrection to the Descent of the Holy Spirit
- Christ appeared to the Apostles and disciples for a period of 40 days after his Resurrection
- Jesus Christ told the Apostles to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. They returned to the city in prayer FOR NINE DAYS.
- One the next day, the Holy Spirit came upon them.
- Here’s the math: 40 + 9 days of prayer + 1 = 50 (Pentecost)
- There is no magical significance in the number nine. To believe that simply saying a prayer nine times will require God to answer your prayer is to place superstitious faith in that number. When we pray a novena, we should not do so with the sole intention of manipulating God to do our will; we should pray that God’s will be done.
- There are four kinds of novenas: of mourning; of petition; of prayer; and indulgenced novenas.
- The idea of a novena of prayer seems to have started in France or Belgium, where pious Christians sought the intercession of the saints. One of the popular saints whose intercession was sought was St. Hubert. St. Hubert was the first bishop of Liege and is the patron saint of hunters. (Look for a post about St. Hubert soon.)
- For a list of some of the most traditional and popular novenas, check out Fisheaters.com
Sacred Heart of Christ, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Guardian of the Child Jesus, pray for us.