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 Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena was introduced to me by my sister when I was quite young.  Usually, a novena is prayed for nine days but, as in this case, it can also refer to a prayer that is repeated over any number of days.

Saint Andrew

Image of Saint Andrew from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Amalfi, Italy

SOURCE:  Image of Saint Andrew from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Amalfi, Italy (Amalfi, Campania, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 08 August 2011.

Although the novena is called the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena, the prayer is addressed not to Saint Andrew, but to God the Father Himself, requesting Him to grant our requests in honor of the birth of His Son.  The connection to Saint Andrew is that the novena begins on the Saint Andrew’s feast day and continues through Christmas.

To participate in the novena, recite the beautiful prayer at the top of this article 15 times each day from the Feast of Saint Andrew (today, November 30) through Christmas Day.

As I mentioned at the start, I was introduced to the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena by my sister when I was very young.  In the weeks before Christmas, I recited the prayer 15 times each night after I was in bed, before I fell asleep.  My motivation in reciting the novena was somewhat selfish, though.  My sister had told me that, if I completed the novena, my wish would come true.  I don’t remember what I wished for, but it probably for something I really didn’t need.

This year, however, I have a special reason to participate in the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena.  Will you pray with me?