Advent Prayers

St. Andrew Christmas Novena, or the Christmas Anticipation Novena

Prayed from the Feast of St, Andrew
(usually November 30th) until Christmas

Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath
Artist: Unknown1

H ail 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 piercing cold.

I n that hour, vouchsafe,
I beseche 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. Amen.

An Advent tradition for many is to begin praying the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena on November 30, the day the Catholic church celebrates the feast of Saint Andrew. The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. It is attributed to Saint Andrew given the prayers traditionally begin on his feast day. It is also often called the Christmas Anticipation Novena and is prayed by many fifteen times a day.1