Novenas

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

The Advent season starts every year on November 30th, the feast day of St. Andrew the apostle. St. Andrew is often referred to as “the first called” because he was the first disciple called by our lord Jesus Christ. Start …

The Advent season starts every year on November 30th, the feast day of St. Andrew the apostle. St. Andrew is often referred to as “the first called” because he was the first disciple called by our lord Jesus Christ.

Start the liturgical year off right by praying for the first called disciple of Christ to pray for you this Advent season.

Novena Starts: November 30th

Feast Day: December 25th

Most Novenas are prayed for nine days. And if you prayed the St. Andrew Christmas Novena you’d end on the Immaculate Conception. However, the St. Andrew Christmas novena is unique. The Saint Andrew Christmas novena is prayed for 25 days starting on November 30th and ending on December 25th, Christmas. It’s a novena prayer you can pray all through the Advent season.

Traditionally, the St. Andrew Christmas novena or sometimes called The Christmas Novena, is prayed 15 times a day for each of those 25 days from November 30th to December 25th. That being said, you can pray it however you want. If you want to do something less than 15 you absolutely can. Make praying work for you.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer Video

Listen to a recording of the St. Andrew Christmas Novena on YouTube.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena Prayer

Start with the Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

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.

[Mention Intention]

Through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

Conclude with the Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

If you’re praying this according to tradition, repeat this process 14 more times throughout the day.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Who was Saint Andrew?

The Saint Andrew Christmas novena and Advent start on the feast day of Saint Andrew. And it’s not by coincidence that the start of the new liturgical year and the Christmas season are marked by this feast day.

Saint Andrew was the first apostle called by our Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Saint Andrew is the older brother of Saint Peter, the first Pope.

In the Gospel of Matthew we read the account of Jesus calling two fisherman to join him: Andrew and Peter.

“Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. He saw two brothers. They were Simon (his other name was Peter) and Andrew, his brother. They were putting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Follow Me. I will make you fish for men!” At once they left their nets and followed Him.”

Matthew 4:18-20

Even we don’t much about Saint Andrew. He is only briefly mentioned in all the Gospels. He is the one who brought Saint Peter into the faith. Saint Peter played a pivotal role in church history and it all started with his older brother Saint Andrew.

So this Advent, consider praying the St. Andrew Christmas novena as a way to build anticipation for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas.

Why is it called the St. Andrew Christmas Novena?

Because it starts on the Feast Day of St. Andrew, November 30th. And the timing of St. Andrew Christmas novena is based on the story of St. Andrew. Since he was the “first called” by Christ. He starts of the liturgical year.