Christmas Novena Begins Today

nativity icon photoToday, the feast of St. Andrew, begins the Christmas Novena. Said fifteen times each day until Christmas day, it is held in pious legend to deliver what is asked. Sometimes, it’s called “Prayer to obtain favors” for that reason.

This version of the novena prayer received an Imprimatur from Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York on February 6, 1897:


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.

Anybody have any stories about this novena?


Photo by bobosh_t

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John B. Manos

John B. Manos, Esq. is an attorney and chemical engineer. He has a dog, Fyo, and likes photography, astronomy, and dusty old books published by Benziger Brothers. He is the President of the Bellarmine Forum.

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