Novena Prayer for Bishop-Elect Lucia
Jul 23, 2019
As Catholics, we most certainly believe in the power of prayer! As we approach August 8, the day of the installation and ordination of Bishop-elect Douglas J. Lucia, we invited all Catholics in the Diocese of Syracuse to join in praying a novena.
When does the novena start?
July 31, 2019, concluding on the day of ordination/installation, August 8, 2019.
What is a novena?
A Novena is a prayer and meditation that is said for a specific intention for nine days. This prayer intention will be prayed with Catholics across our diocese and beyond for Bishop-elect Lucia.
Why pray a novena?
Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer in nine days. These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to the Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as "tongues of fire" (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of 9 days of prayer is the basis of the novenas we pray today. This, the novena is an imitation of the Lord's command to the Apostles when they prayer for 9 days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
How do I pray a novena?
Begin by quieting yourself. After a moment of silence, begin your prayer with the sign of the cross. Pray the words of the Novena with reverence and intention. Follow the prayer with the Lord's Prayer, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be.
What happens if I miss a day?
if you miss a day, you can do one of a few things... You can either 1) skip the day you missed altogether, 2) say two of the daily prayers in one day to catch up, or 3) say the prayer of the day you missed and just be one day behind everybody else. It's up to you, and whatever you choose to do is okay. There are no "rules" and there are no "consequences." God is forgiving and merciful!