Saint Andrew’s Christmas Novena


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The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the “Christmas Novena” or the “Christmas Anticipation Prayer,” because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. While the origins of this prayer are unknown, it is over 100 years old at least and may have come from Ireland or Scotland.
It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.

Christmas Novena to Obtain Favors:

“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 piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.”

If the St. Andrew novena was prayed as a traditional nine-day novena, it would end on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. However, this novena prayer is  traditionally prayed much longer than nine days—it is prayed through all four weeks of Advent.
The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. You can say the St. Andrew Novena  prayer 15 times all at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps five times at each meal).
 The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is a good way to help focus our  attention and those of  our families on the Advent season.  It is a great spiritual way to foster anticipation on the birth of the Lord Jesus.

Who is St. Andrew?

standrew crossHe was  a simple fisherman, the brother of Simon Peter, and a disciple of John the Baptist. It was St.  John  the  Baptist who pointed out the “Lamb of God” to St. Andrew.

Later,  St. Andrew  would heroically die like his Master — martyred on a x-shaped cross, where he is said to have preached from for two days before his death. For this reason, the x-shaped cross is often called the Saint Andrew cross and is featured on the flag of Scotland of which he is their patron saint.

St Andrew first  Apostle called by  Jesus Christ pray for us and obtain our Christmas desires along with the grace to walk with you in the footsteps of our savior in these trying times.
Please do remember to Pray for the persecuted Church during this Advent season!

 

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    It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.

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