The St. Andrew Christmas Novena Chaplet
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, 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.
It is the tradition to begin a Christmas novena prayer on St. Andrew’s feast day with this prayer. While the origins of this prayer are unknown, it is over 100 years old at least and may have come from Ireland. This novena prayer is traditionally prayed much longer than the usual nine days—it is prayed through all four weeks of Advent.
It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.
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