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squares Nihil Obstat

Latin: 'nothing impedes'. In Roman Catholicism, a declaration by a censor that a book or other publication contains nothing damaging to the faith or morals of the church.

squares Novena

Latin: novem - 'Nine'. A period of nine days prayer or meditation.

squares Nuptial Mass

A special Mass that takes place within the context of a marriage ceremony.

squares Nunc Dimittis

A prayer deriving from the words of Simeon in Luke 2:29-32:

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."

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