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Christmas

The Light Is Coming!

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)

In a sense, we all have some degree of darkness in our lives.  Problems, fears and uncertainty can sometimes cause us to stumble on the dark road on which we travel.  Two thousand years ago, the world waited for the arrival of the Savior, the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.  Although it’s a historical fact that He did indeed arrive and was born in a stable in Bethlehem, many of us still need to welcome Him into our own lives.  It doesn’t matter whether we actively practice our faith or have fallen away, we can ALL stand to get closer to Our Lord.  At this holy time of the year, let’s make a promise to welcome the Savior in our lives and ask Him to remain with us.  By doing so, we’ll be able to walk in the light and safely navigate the treacherous roads of life.

The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind will see the saving power of God.  (Isaiah 40:5)

It’s Time For The Saint Andrew Novena!

I have to admit that when I first heard of this Novena, which begins on November 30th (the feast of Saint Andrew), I was skeptical.  It sounded a little too superstitious to me.  As I did some more research and gave it some thought, I realized that praying this novena causes us to focus 15 times each day, throughout all of Advent, on the moment of Our Lord’s birth.  What could be bad about that?  This year, I’ll be saying it again and invite each of you to join me. 

The St. Andrew/Christmas Novena

Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November), ending on Christmas Eve

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 fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew, on November 30th, until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.]