Roman Catholics: No More Novenas?

"Acres of old maids" (as one priest puts it) have loved the novena—the Roman Catholic prayer service, usually offered once a week in the evening in honor of a saint or the Virgin Mary. Now the novena seems to be dying. Next month the magazine Novena Notes, published by the Servile Fathers to promote novenas to Our Sorrowful Mother, will suspend publication because there is no real demand for it. "The novena is no longer very popular," say the editors. "In fact, attendance has fallen to a perilous low mark."

The word novena comes from the Latin word for nine,...

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