Religion: Big Novena

To Roman Catholics a novena is an act of faith which is performed by saying nine prayers or series of prayers, usually in hope of gaining special material or spiritual rewards. A perpetual novena is arranged by a church so that the devout may come in and make their nine devotions consecutively over a period of time. Catholics believe that these mass novenas are more potent than private ones. In Chicago last January a perpetual novena, the only one in the U. S. devoted to the Virgin Mary in her special aspect of "Our Sorrowful...

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