The St. Andrew Novena - Longing for the Sacred Midnight

The Saint Andrew Novena is a beautiful prayer and a beautiful way to keep a proper focus on the coming of Christ at 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 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.

The moments in the life of Christ do not have a merely historical significance, but echo into every age of man. When we prepare for and celebrate the Birth of Christ, we enter into that mystery of Israel's longing for the Messiah. Thus, as we await Christmas, we do so knowing what will happen, yet still waiting for Him to appear.

The shepherds did not know that God was about to be born. The Magi had glimpses into this mystery, but did not fully understand. Only the wisest of the people of Israel knew. We share in this wisdom.

The origin of this prayer is unknown, but it is over a hundred years old. It is named after Saint Andrew because it is a perpetual prayer which begins on his feast day, which is November 30th. His feast day is always close to the start of Advent, so this prayer began under his patronage. It is prayed fifteen times a day, and would be best if those times were scattered throughout the day, rather than all at once. Sanctify the days of Advent by praying without ceasing!

There is an intention implied in the wording of this prayer, so be sure to have one, or several, in mind. It is best to have a specific intention, though, rather than have it be too general.

Spread the word about this beautiful prayer! 

Get your copy of Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know.  Available on, including Audible, and soon to be available in many more stores and retailers across the globe - and now in Spanish!  Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe above to get more updates and articles.  God bless you.

Also, get your copy of Swords and Shadows: Navigating Youth Amidst the Wiles of Satan, the story of my own youth and conversion, told to youth and young adults through the lens of spiritual warfare.  Beneficial for parents as well.  
**Get your copy by December 8th as this book has been picked up by TAN Books**
and will soon be unavailable (for about six months) until they publish it!