Each year starting on November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, the Church starts one of its most powerful novenas. Each day until Christmas eve, the St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer is said 15 times, and it is piously believed that whoever recites it faithfully each day will obtain the favor they requested. That’s a big promise.
This is the novena of St. Andrew, not because we are talking to St. Andrew with the prayer, but because Andrew was the first Apostle Jesus called, who then ran to get his brother Simon (Peter) and bring him to Christ. Just as Andrew guided his brother, now he guides us.
A “novena” (meaning “nine”) is usually a prayer prayed for 9 days, symbolizing the 9 days of prayer of the Apostles in the Upper Room before Pentecost. But occasionally a novena means any length of time in which a prayer is repeated for a specific petition.
The novena prayer is simple, repeated 15 times a day, and can be completed in, seriously, less than 5 minutes. The prayer is as follows (and will be included with the caplet)
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 piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires
(mention request here)
through the merits of Our Savior
Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.
The colors of the beads are irrelevant besides giving you a jumping point to go deeper into the prayer! The above prayer is said on each of the 15 beads in this chaplet.
This chaplet is prayerfully designed and handmade by me. The beads are strung on 49-strand steel beading wire, with wire crimps and wire protectors. It is designed to last many years.
Have an idea for a different color combination for the chaplet? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!