During the Easter season, we look at the Gospel stories of Jesus Christ’s appearances after the Resurrection. At the end of 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven, promising to send a helper to the disciples as they took on their mission of spreading the Good News. That helper—the Holy Spirit—came 10 days later on the day of Pentecost. Between the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles and Mary waited in prayer for nine days. These nine days, in essence, constituted the first novena.
Celebrate the final days of the Easter season with this month’s free download—a poster and booklet on Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena. We’re also providing a how-to sheet with tips on using these resources in your classroom.