By: Kathleen Yacharn
Are you looking for a way to make this Advent more prayerful? Have you even had time to think of a sacrifice or devotion in the middle of prime sale and advertising season? Why not try a simple and challenging devotion – the St. Andrew Novena?
This prayer is repeated throughout the day, starting on St. Andrew’s Feast Day of November 30, and repeated 15 times a day until Christmas. As prayers go, it’s fairly short and not much longer than a Hail Mary. I heard a suggestion from a coworker that it’s more manageable if you break it into five prayers at a time, three times throughout the day. Even better, you can pray it with your family at breakfast or dinner.
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,
[hear mention your request]
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.
Just reading the prayer helps me to focus on the most important messages of Advent despite the holiday bustles and promotions. The novena prayer recalls the most humble setting of Christ’s birth, our reliance on God’s grace, and the goodness of Jesus Christ and Our Mother Mary. Besides this, by reciting it throughout the day, I can constantly refocus my attention to the watchfulness and meditation that Advent calls us to. Click here and here more information on the St. Andrew Novena.
Since it’s now December 1, you might be starting the novena a day late, I encourage you to try it out and see if your December passes a little differently this year, and perhaps a little closer to Christ. Have you said the novena before? Share your experience and any times you believe your prayer was answered below.