Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew the apostle, patron saint of fishermen and of Scotland, brother of St. Peter, and disciple of St. John the Baptist.
I thought I’d encourage you to pray the Christmas novena to Saint Andrew. It begins today, and it is prayed every day until December 24th. It is also knows as the “Christmas anticipation prayer.”
Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) until Christmas
Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires. (Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.
You can pray the prayer 15 times all at once, or you can spread it out over the course of the day. Some people pray it 5 times at each meal, or 5 times during morning, noon, and evening prayer. I found that praying all 15 in the morning after my rosary worked best.
Some people prefer to pray this as a regular 9-day novena, beginning on December 16 and ending on the 24th. Whichever your preference, this is a nice daily prayer to help us focus on the coming of Jesus again at Christmas. Praying it with children is also a way to keep them mindful of the “reason for the season” amidst the cultural messages of “Santa and stuff”.
I hope you will join me! Anne