St. Andrew Christmas Novena
(The Christmas Anticipation Prayer)
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 (mention your intentions here), through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.
Pray the above prayer on each of the 15 beads of the chaplet daily, from November 30th until December 25th
The feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) is the marker that determines the start of Advent. The first Sunday of Advent begins on the Sunday closest to November 30th, which is where it gets name. Although traditional novenas (Latin for nine) last 9 days and this last 25 days, it still remains in the tradition of an "anticipation prayer".
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena, also known as The Christmas Anticipation Prayer, focuses on the moment of Christ's Birth. It is over 100 years old, and it is believed that whoever recites this prayer 15 times a day from the feast day of St. Andrew until Christmas will obtain what is asked. Do not be afraid to ask for miracles. Praying this novena is a wonderful way to live out Advent and prepare one's heart for the Incarnation, the coming of Jesus at Christmas.