Mother of Perpetual Help novena and Mass
- 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the church
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena, paired with holy Mass, is so called because the public novena services are held on a specified day each week, such as Wednesday, and continue all through the year; therefore, a novena on Wednesday can begin or conclude at any time during the year.
The novena has been called “perpetual” because it is held on a fixed day each week of the year.
Who is the Mother of Perpetual Help?
Our Mother of Perpetual Help, or Our Lady of Perpetual Help, is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with the Byzantine icon of the same name, said to be from the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps 15th century, which has been in Rome since at least the late 15th century. The image is very popular among Catholics throughout the world, and has been much copied and reproduced. In the Byzantine Church this iconography is known as the Theotokos of the Passion.
What is a novena?
The Latin word novena means “nine.” Novenas are a form of prayer in which a person, individually or with a group, prays for some special intention for nine days.
At some point in your life, for example, you may have made a novena to the Holy Spirit on the nine days before Pentecost in preparation for the feast.
Mary and the disciples of Jesus did this in the Upper Room before God’s Spirit came upon them, even though they didn’t call it a novena (see Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4ff).
Novenas began in the early Middle Ages in Spain and France as a nine-day preparation before Christmas.
The number nine represents the months Jesus lived in his mother’s womb.