Thursday, November 30, 2006

Feast of St. Andrew

Today is the Feast of the brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew, who introduced his brother to Our Lord St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter and the first disciple called by Christ. St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel, and tradition has it that he was crucified on a cross in the form of an 'X'.
The relic of St. Andrew's head was donated to Pius II (1460). Paul VI (1966) presented the relic as a gift to the Church of St. Andrew in Patras as a sign of friendship with the Greek Orthodox Church.

Today is also the day we begin the St. Andrew Nativity Novena, to be said fifteen times daily until Christmas Eve.

Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires. (Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897

1 comment:

Mater Catolica and Jasna Gorak said...

Thanks for the novena to St. Andrew. I've never heard of this novena before. Do you know the country of its origin?