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.]