Saint Andrew, who was Saint Peter’s brother, has the distinction of being the first Apostle called by Our Lord. And so it is fitting that today, on his feast day, we start a Novena to honor the coming of our Savior on Christmas Day.
The St. Andrew’s Novena for the Nativity of Jesus is unique among Novenas in that it lasts much longer than the accustomed nine days. If it lasted nine days, it would end on Our Lady’s feast day of her Immaculate Conception. And we already have that devotion covered! Thank you for working on your Consecrations and your Novena for the Immaculate Conception.
Now for this Novena, we pray just one prayer fifteen times each day, beginning today and continuing until Christmas Day:
“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment when the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in Bethlehem in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe O Lord to hear my prayers and grant them through the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen.”
I’m ashamed to admit that I have been just far too scatterbrained to do this simple Novena perfectly, in what is, for me at least, a very demanding time of the year. This year, however, I am determined to cast myself at Our Blessed Mother’s feet and beg her assistance in completing this Novena. I hope you’ll also give it a try, for we have many souls to save – those “most in need of (God’s) mercy” !
Thank you for reading – and sharing these posts. God bless you always, evensong.
Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering our daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.
Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)
✝︎ Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
✝︎ Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
✝︎ St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
✝︎ St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Pray the Rosary for a Pope and Bishops who will obediently consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!