Novena for the Healing of our Hearts and Home
Archdiocese of Mobile
Sunday April 19-Monday April 27
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
I am Thomas J. Rodi, the Archbishop of Mobile and I welcome you to take part in a Novena for the Healing of our Hearts and Home. I welcome in a special way all Catholics, Christians of other denominations and people of good will who are reading this and who live throughout the southern 28 counties of Alabama which comprise the Archdiocese of Mobile, our common home. I pray that this may be a powerful way in which we can join together as brothers and sisters, perhaps as never before, to humble ourselves before our God asking him to pour out his mercy and grace upon us to heal our hearts and home—that is, to use this trying time to draw us closer to God and to deliver us from this tragic pandemic.
The term “novena” comes from the Latin word “novem” meaning “nine” and is the traditional term Catholics use for a prayer that is offered for a special intention for nine successive days. Why 9 days? Because after Jesus ascended into heaven, Mary and the apostles gathered together for nine days to pray for and await the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:3-14). Ever since the early Church received the Holy Spirit, it has been a tradition to implore God for nine consecutive days with a petition of great importance. *