A ‘novena’ is an ancient Christian tradition – it’s 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.
Welcome to Thy Kingdom Come 2023!
This year’s Novena booklet is written by the Very Reverend Bob Key.
We have prepared a Daily Waiting liturgy for each of the nine days of the Novena, from Friday 19 to Saturday 27 May. These liturgies are based on the daily reflection in the Novena booklet and provide prayers and responses to be used in a group. Why not consider holding a daily prayer time during Thy Kingdom Come, either in person or online, and use these liturgies to shape your time together. It takes about 20 minutes to do each one – longer if you wish to fill it out with music, silence or discussion.
You can download the Daily Waitings in various formats below.
- Day 1: The God who Is
- Day 2: The God who Loves
- Day 3: The God who Shares
- Day 4: The God who Saves
- Day 5: The God who Gives and Goes On Giving
- Day 6: The God who Understands
- Day 7: The God who Forgives
- Day 8: The God who Challenges
- Day 9: The God who Empowers
You can find all sorts of other prayer resources for Thy Kingdom Come here.