St. Andrew Novena Starts Today!

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I was invited to pray the St. Andrew Christmas Novena this year.  Wanted to invite you to do so also.   The St. Andrew prayer is a special “Christmas Novena” which is prayed every day from November 30th (today on the Feast Day of St. Andrew) until Christmas. Everyone has special intentions and petitions that need prayer and also prayers of thanks for something special that God has already answered. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to spend the Christmas season. It is ok to enjoy the spirit of the season with gifts, decorating and baking…but we must never lose sight of what this time of year is really all about.

The prayer must be said 15 times a day. You can say the prayer all at once; or divide up through the day.

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena
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 {state your intention(s) here}, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

God Bless you, and Merry Christmas!

Definition of VOUCHSAFE

transitive verb
1 a : to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner b : to give by way of reply <refused to vouchsafe an explanation>
2 : to grant as a privilege or special favor
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4 responses »

  1. I think this prayer is good. as are most prayers. However, to require it being said 15 times a day almost defeats its purpose. It almost becomes a blurb of words…just to get the 15 times in the day. Don’t know the origin of this but I do know it is not for me.

    • Absolutely lovely prayer/devotion to ready our hearts to recieve Him on Christmas! It takes less than 30seconds to pray – even with pondering reverence. One can never be too busy to give a half minute to Our Lord each & every waking hour of the day. 🙂 Even if prayed all at once, it would take less than 10 minutes (we waste way more time than that doing lesser things). Repititious prayer (ie Rosary, Divine Mercy, etc) when prayed throughout the day & our labors is never defeating in its purpose – as one of its primary purposes is to keep our daily focus where it needs to be – on Him!
      All Glory & Praise to Our Almighty King! Hail & Blessed! Come Lord jesus! May All the Grace & Blessings He has in store for each & everyone of you be Magnified this Advent & Christmas! Peace! -debbie (in PA)

    • Thank you but no. I believe a novena is a good intention. I just don’t believe in saying a prayer 15 times a day. You get caught up in “numbers” rather than the prayer itself.

      Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

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