Happy Advent! In this beautiful season as we prepare for the dawning of the Light–the birth of our Savior–we need to prepare spiritually and in so many other ways. Let us keep Christ in Christmas by preparing for His feast as He told us to do–through Prayer.
Wednesday, November 30th, is the feast of St Andrew the Apostle. His feast is used to determine the beginning of the Advent Season. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to the feast of St Andrew and includes four Sundays. The First Sunday of Advent has fallen as early as it can this year–November 27th. St Andrew was in the first group of disciples who went to see where Jesus lived after He was baptized. Andrew ran to tell his brother, Simon (who the Lord would nickname Peter) saying, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:40). The Messiah–the long anticipated Savior that God had been preparing his people for over the centuries.
Please join me in saying the following beautiful and powerful prayer this Advent, beginning on the feast of St Andrew.
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 Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
The tradition is to say the prayer 15 times a day from the Feast of St Andrew through Christmas Eve. 15 times might sound like a lot, but it’s a very short prayer, and only takes 3 minutes to say it 15 times (that’s how long it took me–I timed myself). In less than a week, of course, you will no longer have to look at a piece of paper, because you will have memorized the prayer.
Once you know it by heart, it will enter your heart, and you will make your way to Christmas with this powerful prayer being offered by all of us together. As an added incentive, you should know that it is piously believed that whoever recites the prayer in this way will be granted an answer to the prayer intention which has been offered for the 25 days of the prayer. Please join me in this devotion, and join me in a prayer-filled, holy Advent.