A Novena (from the Latin Novem, meaning nine) is an ancient devotion that consists of 9 days of prayer. Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention. Our Diocese has used the opportunity of preparing for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to run a Novena of Prayer for several years.
This years’ theme is Conversations in the ‘in-between’, focusing on nine Biblical stories in which people find themselves in an ‘in-between’ place. How do they journey throughtheir ‘in-between’? How do we?
Our springboards for Novena prayer encourage us to attend to the conversations that lead to maturity and growth. These conversations can be awkward and clunky, others as natural as putting on a glove.
The colourful evocative images of Canterbury based artist Caleb Simmons are used in the daily pocket prayer booklets and, together with the Daily Waiting liturgies, invite us to be ready for unexpected grace, and to receive the Holy Spirit afresh.