13 January 2009

Novena to San Fabian (11-19 January 2009)

The novena to St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, started last January 11. The nine day prayer will end on the 19th of January, the eve of the feast of the patron saint of the parish and the town. A novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors to make special petitions. Novena is derived from the Latin word "novem" meanaing "nine".

The novena is prayed every afternoon at 4:30. A mass immediately follows after the novena prayers. The different parish religious organizations and movements are in-charge of the novena. Each day a different parish organization leads the recitation and the praying of the novena in honor of St. Fabian. The different BEC barangay communities actively take part in the novena.

The novena prayer in Pangasinan was composed by Rev. Fr. Abraham Esquig, a native son of San Fabian and a former parish priest (1981-1987).