The "novena chaplet" is so-called because it contains NINE beads, the novena chaplet can be prayed to any saint or devotion. It consists of three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys, and three Glory Be's. It is a single strand with a medal at one end and generally a cross at the other. Recitation can either begin or conclude with a devotional or thematic prayer. This simple formula seems to have arisen late in the twentieth century, with renewed interest in and devotion to patron saints.