These are lit up with candles, decorated with flowers and other ritual items.Additionally, the space may have many statues decorated, and these statues typically include those of Virgin Mary, Apostles and saints of regional significance.

To many, this is the best part of the Novena where everyone sings and plays their instruments (even homemade ones).

Many times people participate with guitars, piano, harp, or any other instrument.

By the 11th century, the novena practice had become a means in Christianity of praying to petition spiritual or personal favor to a saint, such as Virgin Mary.

After the Reformation and Counter-reformation era, the Catholic Church formally approved novenas, in particular through the papal approvals of a large number of novenas by Pope Pius IX.

Augustine, Pseudo-Alcuin and John Beleth to warn Christians not to emulate the custom.

Over time, members of Roman Catholic faith began to associate novena with Christian themes such as the nine months Jesus spent in the womb, the giving up of His spirit at the ninth hour, and the event which occurred in the Upper Room with Twelve Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary when they prayed for nine days until the Holy Spirit descended on the Feast of the Pentecost.

The first day, the votive candles are placed on level one, and with each day the candles are raised by one level towards the Holy Cross.

Further, each day includes congregational prayers, hymn singing with music, private and public devotionals.

The doctrinal part of the prayers are studied by its ecclesiastical staff, like formal translations of Christian scripture, and officially declared to be free of doctrinal errors with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.

The practice may trace its origins to an early Greek and Roman custom performed by families, consisting of nine days of mourning after the death of a loved one, followed by a feast, which originally prompted Catholic writers such as St.

The first chapter of the General Principles of Sacrosanctum Concilium, #13 is often cited as a guideline regarding the implementations of public novenas.