A nine-day prayer novena is an act of religious devotion that began in ancient Christianity and is made up of public or private prayers done for nine consecutive days to get significant graces. The prayers come from devotional prayer books, recitation of the rosary or brief prayers through the day.
Novenas are made up of four categories, those of mourning, prayer, preparation and those which are indulged. A single novena can be put into more than one category. Novenas are commonly addressed to Jesus, the Blessed Trinity or any individual person, the Blessed Virgin Mary, saints and angels. Members of the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church pray novenas most often.