Novenas to Pray in November

New here? Join us in prayer! Click here to get novena reminders by email!

November marks the last few weeks of the liturgical year and ushers the Church into the Advent season. As you enter into this time, consider asking these holy men and women to accompany you on your spiritual journey. 

All Souls Day Novena

The Church dedicates the month of November to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, so although the official start date for the All Souls Day Novena is in October, you can pray this novena any time during this month to remember your deceased friends and family members. 

Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia is among the most famous Roman martyrs, and her name is included in the Eucharistic prayer among the most highly venerated Virgin Martyrs. 

Despite her vow of virginity, Cecilia’s parents forced her to marry Valerian, a pagan. Because of God’s grace and through a vision of an angel protecting Cecilia, Valerian not only respected her vow, but later converted to Christianity and joined Cecilia as a martyr. 

The novena to Saint Cecilia begins on November 14th. 

Christ the King

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more commonly known as the Feast of Christ the King, on the final Sunday of the Liturgical year. 

The feast not only reminds us of the power and dominion that Jesus has, but also reminds us, as we close out the year, of His heavenly glory in which we hope to one day share. 

Because this is a moveable feast the start date for this novena changes each year.

Blessed Miguel Pro

Blessed Miguel Pro became a martyr during the Catholic persecution in Mexico. He was a Jesuit priest who faithfully served his flock until he died by firing squad shouting: “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” 

The courage and love of God demonstrated by Miguel Pro sustained the faith of many Mexicans during this time and serves as a profound example for us even today. 

Begin the novena to Blessed Miguel Pro on November 15th. 

Saint Catherine Laboure

In the 1800s, the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure, a French Nun in the Daughters of Charity. The Blessed Mother gave St. Catherine the design for the Miraculous Medal, which has become one of the most beloved devotions in the Church and through which many miracles have been worked. 

The Novena to Saint Catherine Laboure begins November 20.

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew was the older brother of Saint Peter and an apostle of Christ. After Jesus’ death, Andrew went on to spread the Good News near the Black Sea in what is now Turkey and Greece. He died a martyr on an X-shaped cross. His great love for God and his evangelization efforts serve as a powerful example to the Church today. 

His novena begins on November 22 and ends on his feast day November 30. 

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was a 4th century Bishop and defender of the faith. He became known for his generosity and charity to those in need, and the legends around Saint Nicholas’ charity inspired the beloved tradition of Santa Claus that we know today. 

The novena to Saint Nicholas begins on November 28. 

Saint Ambrose

Saint Ambrose went from an unbaptized layman to Bishop of Milan in just over a week. He was a great theologian who used his gifts to defend the faith against the Arian heresy. He also played a pivotal role in the conversion of Saint Augustine

St. Ambrose was later named one of the four original Doctors of the Church for his contributions to Christian theology.  His novena begins on November 29th. 

Immaculate Conception Novena

The feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated December 8th remembers God’s preservation of the Blessed Mother from Original Sin at the moment of her conception. This grace was necessary for Mary to give her free and total yes and become the Mother of God. Through her, God took on flesh for the salvation of our sins. 

As we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation on Christmas, we first remember and rejoice in the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The Immaculate Conception Novena begins November 30. 

The Christmas Novena

The Saint Andrew’s Christmas novena begins on November 30th and is traditionally recited 15 times a day until Christmas; so this novena is unique in that it lasts for 25 days instead of the usual nine. 

This novena calls to mind the birth of Christ, helping us to prepare to welcome the Christ Child into our hearts on Christmas Day. This powerful prayer will make an excellent addition to your Advent journey. 

Leave a Reply

(Name will be publicly viewable, if your post is sensitive please use your initials, first name or a pen name)