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A novena is "a nine days' private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces. The octave has more of the festal character; to the novena belongs that of hopeful mourning, of yearning, of prayer. 'The number nine in Holy Writ is indicative of suffering and grief' (St. Jerome, in Ezech., vii, 24; -- P.L., XXV, 238, cf. XXV, 1473). The novena is permitted and even recommended by ecclesiastical authority...." (New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia) It is, in common use, a nine day period of concentrated prayer to God or of asking for the intercession of a saint in a matter of great need.

Torah's Light is inviting you to join us in a novena to our patron, St. John the Baptist from June 24 (St. John's feast day) to July 2. During this time, we will be asking St. John the Baptist to pray for us and to help us with incorporation and in obtaining affordable office space. Also, we will be asking for his intercession for some friends of Torah's Light in California who are setting up a Hebrew Catholic Havurah.

Below is the prayer we will be using:

O Martyr invincible, who, for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, didst with firmness and constancy withstand the impiety of Herod even at the cost of thine own life, and didst rebuke him openly for his wicked and dissolute life; by thy prayers obtain for us a heart, brave and generous, in order that we may overcome all human respect and openly profess our faith in loyal obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ, His Vicar, and His Church.

Say an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

Pray for us, St. John the Baptist, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ (add your personal intention).

Let us pray.

O God, who hast made this day to be honorable in our eyes by the Nativity or commemoration of Blessed John, grant unto Thy people the grace of spiritual joy, and direct the minds of all Thy faithful into the way of everlasting salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"—John 8:12

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