Start your Advent season with a Christmas novena to St. Andrew!

November 30 is the feast of Saint Andrew, and an important day in the Church calendar. Saint Andrew, the brother of Saint Peter, is known in the Orthodox tradition as the “first-called.” As such, his feast day marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, and Advent always begins on the Sunday closest to his feast day.

St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, Ukraine and Romania, among others. According to Church history, he preached in Sythia, then along the Black Sea and as far as Kiev before traveling to Novgorod and finally to Greece, where he was crucified in the city of Patras in Achaea. Tradition holds that he was crucified on a cross in the form of an “X” at his own request, now commonly known as Saint Andrew’s cross.

Another tradition that has developed around Saint Andrew is a Christmas novena prayer that begins on his feast day and is said until Christmas Eve.

Please join us in praying the St. Andrew Christmas Prayer from Nov. 30 – Dec. 24. It is piously believed that whoever recites the prayer 15 times a day during this time will obtain what is asked.

St. Andrew Christmas 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 through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

You may download the prayer here: St. Andrew Christmas Novena

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