from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as novena.


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  • Dans un temps de sécheresse, un curé des environs de Choisy, près Paris, est invité par ses paroissiens à faire une neuvaine pour obtenir de la pluie, ainsi qu'avaient fait tous ses confrères circonvoisins.

    French Conversation and Composition

  • [Our Lady of the Crypt], where a neuvaine was celebrated at the last mass at which the King and Queen assisted, and offered a silver-gilt statue of Notre Dame which weighed a hundred marks [eight hundred ounces], with the object of having lineage which might succeed to the throne.

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • Madeleine caressed and prayed with the poor lady, and did her utmost to reassure and comfort her, promising a _neuvaine_ for her safe journey and meeting with her husband.

    A Modern Telemachus

  • She would turn the Convent out of the windows in the time of a neuvaine.

    The Golden Dog

  • Concealing the fact from her grandchildren, whom she accused of being "parpaillots," she had asked the curate to say a mass for Agathe's success during a neuvaine which was being held by her granddaughter, Adolphine

    The Celibates

  • Adolphine, then eighteen, -- who for the last seven years had sewed at the side of her grandmother in that cold household of monotonous and methodical customs, -- had undertaken her neuvaine all the more willingly because she hoped to inspire some feeling in Joseph Bridau, in whom she took the deepest interest because of the monstrosities which her grandfather attributed in her hearing to the young Parisian.

    The Celibates

  • You ought to make a neuvaine for him; I have seen wonderful cures come of the nine days’ prayer, and I would gladly pay for a wax taper to save such a gentle creature, so good he is, a paschal lamb — —”

    The Magic Skin

  • a _neuvaine_, or nine days 'devotion, to some other celestial personage; while the touch of a fragment of a tooth or bone of some departed saint was of sovereign efficacy to cure sickness, solace pain, or relieve a suffering squaw in the throes of childbirth.

    The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

  • Nice a neuvaine [3147] was held in Saint François-de-Paule to pray God to enlighten the French. "

    The French Revolution - Volume 1

  • Many a lady has conceived after the neuvaine; you must not fail to do one. "

    Droll Stories — Complete Collected from the Abbeys of Touraine


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