The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by Duccio (given to me by a dearly departed friend). My St. Andrew Chaplet was made by my friend, Ruth.
Hello everyone! I am so excited for Advent to begin tomorrow. I only have one little Polish pottery St. Nick displayed so far, but I am hoping that today and tomorrow, the kids and I can remedy this sad situation! :)
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). I love this novena. And I don't pray novenas. I know that sounds strange, but I always fail at them. I can't seem to consecutively pray the same prayer for nine days in a row (well, except for the Rosary!). I am a bit legalistic by nature, and when I forget to pray a day of a novena, I usually throw the towel in as it seems to be "cheating" to "catch up" or just add on to the end. ;) I have come very close to finishing this novena (which is actually 25 days long!!), because it is so beautiful (the images it evokes just tear at my heart!). I am going to try once again to beg for St. Andrew's help, as I have a few special intentions that I need him to put before Our Lord! I hope to visit this space a little more this Advent. Until then, St. Andrew, pray for us!
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