Ever hear a young child sing her A-B-C’s and when she gets to the letters M and N, runs the two together as if they were one? You know … L, Emmen, O, P …? Today I’m resuming my Blogging from A to Z series and combining M and N into one post. The Letter “Emmen” is for Motherhood and Novenas.
If you missed our news, I am pregnant with Schmidt bambino #3, due October 22, a special day on a few levels here at Das Schmidt Haus. For starters, it’s Joel’s and my wedding anniversary; we’ll celebrate nine years this fall. Then in April 2011, the Vatican announced Blessed John Paul II’s feast day would also be celebrated on October 22. How cool to also share this day with Blessed John Paul II!
Now for the trifecta. Have you seen those online pregnancy calculators where you enter personal information and the calculator kicks out a due date? Before I knew I was pregnant, I started messing around with one … a pregnancy calculator, that is! When I learned that if indeed I was pregnant the due date would be October 22, Joel and I immediately started praying a Blessed John Paul II novena and continued praying it for nine straight days. On Day 9, the last day of the novena, I learned I was pregnant.
If Schmidt bambino #3 is a boy, chances are good that John and/or Paul will be strong contenders in the name game.
What’s a Novena Anyway?
The word novena comes from the Latin novem, meaning “nine.”
Before he ascended into Heaven, Jesus commanded his Apostles to remain in the city of Jerusalem for nine days until the feast of Pentecost where they were to await the descent of the Holy Spirit. So the Apostles remained in prayer for nine days in preparation for something special, Pentecost. Christ Jesus also commanded this first novena as an act of petition — the Apostles, together with Mary, petitioned the Holy Spirit to come to their aid.
And so we remained in prayer for nine days, both in preparation and in petition, just as the Apostles did by way of their prayer, the first Christian novena. Oh, and for the record, I usually putter out on praying novenas by Day 3, so the fact I finished this one is a near miracle itself. Now there’s a gentle confirmation from the Holy Spirit to keep on praying them. What about you? Any novena stories to share?