What is the Novena? A ‘novena’ is an ancient Christian tradition of a nine-day period of prayer that traditionally falls between Ascension (when Jesus physically departed earth for heaven) and Pentecost (when the first disciples were gifted with the presence of the Holy Spirit. It marks a time when Jesus’ disciples are said to have prayed constantly – stuck in an ‘in-between place’, waiting to see what God would do next.
Novena in the Canterbury Diocese 2021
The national Thy Kingdom Come team have put together a set of resources for people of all ages, and you can find them here, including a prayer journal written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, which you can order for free in hard copy: www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources
The Diocese of Canterbury have created some resources and spaces for prayer which compliment what the national team have worked so hard on, and which help us to join together across the diocese to pray this season of expectant waiting.
- Daily Zoom Prayer Gatherings at Noon each day from Fri 14th to Sat 22nd May
Join 15 minutes of prayer at 12 Noon each day on Zoom. Leading of these prayer times will be shared between Canterbury Cathedral and the Diocese, and we will be using a set of ‘Daily Waitings’ liturgies, based around the daily themes for Thy Kingdom Come, which have been skilfully crafted for us by Judith Dimond of St Paul’s Canterbury.
Here are the Zoom details. They remain the same for all 9 prayer times.
Topic: TKC Novena Daily Zoom 12pm (14-22 May)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 815 5372 4658
- An hour of prayer with Bishop Rose on Zoom, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesday 18th May
Join Bishop Rose for an hour of prayer, exploring the theme of Jesus meeting us and readying us for the coming of his Spirit.
Registration will open on Tuesday 4th May.
- Use the Daily Waitings liturgies where you are, alone or with a group in the parish
These will be uploaded to the Diocese and our parish website in the next couple of weeks, in pdf booklet format, pdf A4 format and Word A4 format.
- Use the Novena prayers in the May Calendar of Prayer
We will pause in our diocesan cycle of praying for parishes and benefices to observe the Novena with some specially-written prayers based around the daily themes for Thy Kingdom Come. You will find excerpts from our Daily Waitings liturgies, along with prayers for our churches and communities. The Prayer Calendar is available at https://canterburydiocese.org/calendar-of-prayer
- Check the Diocese Youtube channel each day to see a ‘Jesus meets us in the garden’ prayer/reflection video
The Thy Kingdom Come Novena is also the culmination of our diocesan Keep Praying Easter season, during which we’ve been reflecting on the phrase ‘Jesus meets us in the garden’. People have been making their own 5-minute prayer reflection videos about meeting Jesus in their favourite outside spaces, and one of these will be published each day from Ascension to Pentecost. Journey with us around the diocese and enjoy praying in a glorious variety of landscapes.
Check the Diocese Keep Praying webpage www.canterburydiocese.org/keep-praying