Nine days
Question from Cindy on 4/8/2005:
United States

What is the reason behind a novena usually lasting nine days? Thank yo and God bless.

Answered on 4/12/2005:

The Apostles and the Blessed Mother spent nine days in prayer between the Ascension and Pentecost. This was the proto-novena of the Church. We pray for nine days in imitation of their example.

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