A Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe by Blessed Pope John Paul the Great A novena is a prayer repeated every day for nine days. It is a powerful prayer of praise and petition which makes it a perfect prayer for Advent. This prayer by Bl. Pope John Paul the Great was written for his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) which was delivered in 1995. Download Here This prayer featured in the December 2012 edition of the CathFamily e-Magazine.