Catholics often talk about “novenas,” and without any prior knowledge of the devotion the name can be confusing.
What is a novena?
Novenas are an ancient part of the the Church’s devotional life and many trace the structure back to the days between Jesus’ ascension and the feast of Pentecost.
Jesus’ final command on earth before ascending into heaven was to “wait for the promise of the Father.”
And while staying with them [Jesus] charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)