Nine Day Countdown to Pentecost: The Original Novena

The original novena took place after Jesus ascended into heaven and His disciples, (the scriptures tell us about 120 in number), followed Jesus’ instructions by remaining in Jerusalem and waited for the promised ‘gift of the Father’, the Holy Spirit. They gathered in the upper room for prayer, and not insignificant, of these 120 only Mary, the Mother of Jesus is mentioned by name.