Pray the St. Andrew’s Novena
I did this Christmas Novena wallpaper for my phone so that I won’t forget to pray this prayer during the day!
Feel free to download it or screenshot it for yourself.
It’s called the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, (or The Christmas Novena). It’s a wonderful way to enter into the Advent season that is marked by a time of anticipation, penance, and prayer.
While the origins of this prayer are unknown, it is over 100 years old (at least). Most believe it may have come from Ireland.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! To hear my prayer and grant my desires. Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen
[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.] It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.
From the Catholic Company:
St. Andrew was the very first disciple called by Our Lord. He is the one who got his brother, St. Peter, to become Jesus’ disciple too.
In keeping with his role as “the first”, the feast of St. Andrew marks the beginning of a new liturgical year with the start of Advent: the Sunday that falls nearest to St. Andrew’s feast day on November 30th is always the first Sunday of Advent.
However, it won’t be easy to pray this novena 15 times a day for 25 days. But if you are able to, this prayer will undoubtedly leave your heart well-prepared to welcome the coming of Christ. The beauty and sweetness of this prayer will unfold for you through its daily recitation, allowing you to meditate more fully on the profound mystery of the Incarnation.