November 30 is the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. Perhaps you'll join us in offering a St. Andrew Christmas Novena this year. Traditionally begun on St. Andrew's feast day and continuing to Christmas Eve, the novena consists of praying the following prayer 15 times each day. This practice can help us stay focused on the true needs of our loved ones and others in a liturgical season so often fraught with distraction.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
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
[here mention your request]
through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His blessed Mother.