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 for nine days. These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to 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 the novenas we pray today. Thus, the novena is an imitation of the Lord’s command to the Apostles when they prayed for 9 days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
To celebrate Vocations Week in the Archdiocese, the Serra Club of Cincinnati and the Five Minute Church will host the Sixth Annual Bible Reading Novena for vocations to the priesthood and religious life on Wednesday, November 6- Thursday, November 14, 2019 at St. James of the Valley Church, 411 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, OH 45215. We read the entire Bible in nine days. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, "For whenever two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst." We INVITE YOU to join us in Cincinnati at St. James of the Valley Church, 411 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, OH 45215 from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. Listen to the Word of God and pray with us. Anyone is allowed to read. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Need service hours? Readers may request a letter documenting their service hours at the NOVENA.
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Prayer for Vocations
You have created us for some definite purpose.
Grant us the grace to know the path
You have planned for us in this life
and to respond with a generous “Yes.”
Make our archdiocese, parishes, homes and hearts
fruitful ground for Your gift of vocations.
May our young people respond to Your call
with courage and zeal.
Stir among our men a desire and the strength
to be good and holy priests.
Bless us with consecrated religious and those called to a
chaste single life, permanent deacons,
and faithful husbands and wives,
who are a sign of Christ’s love for His Church.
We commend our prayer for vocations to You, Father,
through the intercession of Mary our Mother,
in the Holy Spirit,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
– Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.