Today is the feast of the holy Apostle, St. Andrew. It is also the day to begin his Christmas Novena .
This prayer is so beautiful. You pray it 15 times throughout the day leading up to Christmas (Nov. 30-Dec. 24). This sounds overwhelming but it is not if you get into the habit....and you will have the prayer memorized within a few days. :) I am praying this novena for a very special intention...please join me with your intentions as well.
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, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer 15 times a day from the feast of St. Andrew until Christmas will obtain what is asked).
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897