I’m seriously nearly giddy that it’s March 24th. Because tomorrow is March 25th. And you know what March 25th is, right?
THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION!
OK, OK, I do get moderately excited about any Marian feast, but I’m especially excited because I finally get to start praying the Impossible Novena again.
What’s the Impossible Novena, you ask? Well, I learned about it a year ago from my friend Katie over at Noise in the Neighborhood. In fact, she beat me to the punch and posted about it again earlier this evening.
Here’s the 4-1-1: It’s a nine month novena.
Yes, you heard me. Not nine days. Not nine weeks. Nine months. ‘Cause that’s how long it took for baby Jesus to be born, ya dig?
And since His birth was miraculous, and there are three Persons in the Trinity, you choose three big, seemingly impossible, miracles for which you would like to pray.
Of the three miracles for which I prayed last year, two of them were answered in a tangible way. The third was difficult to quantify, but I do believe that it was answered as well.
But the most amazing part – to me – of praying this novena was the extreme graces that I received – which I was not requesting, but I was oh-so-happy to accept. I truly believe that it was because of the Impossible Novena that I became a regular adorer, which led to my consecration to Jesus through Mary, which created a domino effect of personal growth in this still sadly far-too-many-beads-short soul.
So, you start on the Feast of the Annunciation, and end Christmas day. However, contrary to what you might think, it was never a chore to pray this, but rather something that I looked forward to every day. I have a terrible habit of putting my novena prayers off until just before bed, which leads to many missed days, but with this prayer, over the course of nine months, I missed only a small handful of days.
I was sad when Christmas came and the novena was over. I even thought of just continuing on with it, but realized that sometimes yearning for good can be a very healthy experience.
And so I’ve been yearning for this prayer for three long months. And tomorrow, I get to pray it again.
Will you join me?
The text of the novena can be found here.
The Annunciation by Carl Heinrich Bloch
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
And while we’re here, allow me to throw out what a “coincidence” it is that the Hobby Lobby trial for Religious Freedom is occurring on this particular feast. Ha! Please join me in prayer and fasting!