Nov. 30 is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.
St. Andrew was Christ’s first apostle, which is why the church celebrates his feast early in the liturgical year. The Orthodox tradition also refers to him as Πρωτóκλητος, which means “First Called.”
Beginning on the Nov. 30 feast, Catholics come together in praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena. The prayer dates back at least 100 years, but its origins are unknown. Some believe it originated in Ireland.
The Christmas Novena, or the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, helps us contemplate on and prepare for Christ’s birth throughout the advent season.
Tradition says those who pray the novena will obtain their request.
Recite the prayer below 15 times per day for 25 days. (Beginning Nov. 30 and ending Dec. 24).
Here’s the prayer:
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, I beseech Thee,
O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
(mention your request)
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.
Here’s an image of the prayer:
St. Andrew the Apostle, please pray for us!
[See also: 10 Steps to Making This Your Best Advent Ever]
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