August Novena

August Novena

Celebrating 60 years of Healing and Hope at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Sixty years ago, the Missionary Oblates had a problem. The crowds attending the annual novena to Our Lady of the Snows were just too large for the grounds of St. Henry's Seminary.

So, in 1961, after 18 years of novenas at St. Henry's the Oblates decided to move the novena to the newly created National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. A tradition had begun, which over time would provide inspiration to more than a million pilgrims.

As you can see from these photos, the first novena was held at the Shrine's Lourdes Grotto because the Amphitheatre had not yet been constructed. And there was only one way for someone to take part in the novena, they had to show up in person.

Fast forward 60 years and now you no longer have to physically come to the Shrine to experience the annual Healing and Hope Novena. Last year we began livestreaming the liturgies for all nine days. We did this in large part because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the response was so positive that we decided to make the livestreaming a permanent component of the novena. Thus, a new tradition has begun!

If you want to attend this year's novena in person, please check our website, first to see if any social-distancing restrictions will be in place. If travel to the Shrine is not possible, you can be part of the novena from the comfort of your home, just by logging on to our website:

During the novena you will journey with Mary in giving thanks to God for the many blessings we have received. I have attached a schedule for the novena which will help you plan your journey with Mary.

Taking part in the celebration of 60 years of Healing and Hope Novenas at the Shrine is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

Send your special prayer intentions to be included in the Healing and Hope Novena

Is there a special prayer need you want us to remember at the Novena? Your petitions will be lifted up by the Oblates and Shrine pilgrims every day during the novena.

Send your special intentions

Novena Devotional Gifts

As we bring healing and hope into your life, please consider bringing healing and hope into the lives of our less fortunate brothers and sisters being served in Oblate missions around the world. For your donation you can receive a beautiful devotional gift.

Our Lady of the Snows Pearl Bracelet  Blooming Faith Healing Rosary  Anniversary Novena Gift Set   August Novena Prayer Capsule

Novena Prayers Booklet

To enhance your pilgrimage from home, we want to send you a complimentary With Mary, Giving Thanks to God prayer booklet. This booklet contains reflections and prayers based on the theme for each night of the novena.

Healing Novena Prayers Booklet

Novena Votive Candles

When a Votive Candle is lit, prayers are lifted up to Heaven. Often these candles shine for people in need of healing. This form of devotion dates back to the earliest days of Christianity. You or a loved one can be lifted up in prayer at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows by having a Votive Candle lit at this holy place.

Votive Candle    

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