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.

Every year, the Diocese of Canterbury marks this time by creating a booklet of scripture, prayers and artwork for each day of the Novena. Over the years, this booklet has become a key resource for the worldwide Church as we use this time to pray for our friends and family to come to know Jesus – a global wave of prayer known as Thy Kingdom Come.


2021 resources

Thy Kingdom Come Novena - Daily Waiting

Join us for our Daily Waiting Prayer Gathering at 12 Noon on Zoom, as we gather from around the diocese to pray and reflect together, preparing our hearts for Pentecost and praying for our churches and local communities.

Click here for the zoom link

Meeting ID: 815 5372 4658 / Passcode: 100900

Jesus Meets us in the Garden videos

Here in the Canterbury Diocese, our Thy Kingdom Come praying has an outdoor flavour. People from all over the diocese are leading us in prayer from their favourite outside spaces.      

Click here to view the daily films that are published at 8 o'clock each morning.  

Daily Waitings


Previous Novena Booklets

You can access all of our previous Novena resources on your tablet or phone. Simply download the free Issuu app and view them there. Search ‘dioceseofcanterbury’ under ‘publishers’.