St. Andrew’s Day
Blessed St. Andrew’s Day!
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The St. Andrew’s Christmas “novena” starts today,
(to use the word “novena” very loosely–this is a lot more than nine days!).
The following prayer is prayed 15 times per day from the feast of St. Andrew until Christmas:
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, O my God!
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897
I made a set of 15 violet beads
–strung like sacrifice beads but with a simple square knot at the end–
to help us keep track.
I found that praying 15 times a day for days on end for the same intention
has a way of purifying one’s motivation.
It feels awfully silly (or selfish, as the case may be) to pester God that often for something
if what I’m praying for really isn’t all that eternally important!
Romans 10: 9-18 (The Apostles were sent to preach, that we might believe and be saved)
Psalm 19:8-11 “Lord, You have the words of everlasting life”
+Matthew 4:18-22 (“I will make you fishers of men”)
What do you do?
Do it for souls!
The need is great.
The stakes are high:
will be my guide,
but I must leave behind
and follow Him.
Lord, how do You want me
to use the skills and gifts You’ve given me
for the good of souls?