Friday, November 30, 2018

Saint Andrew's Novena - The 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 the piercing cold. 
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, 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.

The Saint Andrew Novena begins on The Feast of Saint Andrew, November 30,
and with Advent beginning on the Sunday nearest to The Feast of Saint Andrew,
it ushers in this most beautiful season of preparation and anticipation.

It is to be repeated 15 times per day from November 30 until Christmas Day,
which will undoubtably be difficult.  But for anyone who is able, they will
find their heart well prepared for receiving the precious gift of the Christ child.
This sweet refrain will allow you to meditate more fully on the profound 
mystery of the incarnation.

My plan is to set a timer on my phone, once every hour beginning at 9:00 a.m.
and ending at 9:00 p.m. with an added alarm at the half hour of nine, or 9:30,
at the half hour of 3:00, or 3:30 and then again at the half hour of 8, or 8:30 in the
evening, for a total of fifteen alarms.  I printed out the novena provided by Catholic Culture,
(link below), and placed one on my refrigerator and one in my car. By repeating it
so often, it is my guess that it won't be long before I won't have to read it at all.

It's been several years since I dedicated myself to this prayer during this season,
but I recall that in the past, it centered my focus more fully upon Christ and the 
miracle of His birth and lessened the frantic and frenzy that often accompany
this time of year.  I encourage you to try it for yourself, if not 15 times a day, perhaps
three times, after each meal, or five, upon rising, at each meal, and at bed time,
and peace will be yours.

Download available at Catholic Culture

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