Pray the St. Andrew’s Novena
I did this wallpaper quickly for my iPhone so that I can pray this prayer during the day! [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.
It’s called the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, (or The Christmas Novena), and 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) and 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