Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Today is the feast of a great saint: Saint Andrew.  He was the first apostle of Jesus and a fearless preacher of the gospel to the people of Asia Minor. He was crucified X style (in Greece) and died after suffering for two days.

The feast of Saint Andrew also marks the first day of the Christmas novena. Although the novena is named after St. Andrew, the prayer is actually directed to Jesus. This is a lovely way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

To pray this novena, all you have to do is say this short prayer 15 times a day (don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes, total):

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.

(P.S. today is also my son’s name day. If you have a second, please say a little prayer for him. Thanks!)