Happy St. Andrew's Feast Day.
Our community has always embraced this beautiful prayer, prayed 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Feast Day to Christmas Day, as part of our anticipation of the celebration of Christmas.
I tried to find some information on the history of this tradition but it seems to be hidden in the clouds of time past.
If anyone finds out more about it let us know. Meanwhile we can still join together in prayer.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment when the Son of God was born of the most pure virgin in Bethlehem at midnight, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe O my God, to hear my prayers and grant my desires, through the merits of our savior Jesus Christ and of his virgin mother. Amen.
“While a novena is normally a nine-day prayer, the term is sometimes used for any prayer that is repeated over a series of days. The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the "Christmas Novena" or the "Christmas Anticipation Prayer," because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. The First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Andrew.
The novena is…addressed to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. You can say the prayer all 15 times, all at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps five times at each meal).”
- Carolyn Barth, OFS
Pax et bonum