Right from the beginning, Andrew is an evangelist. He has just met Jesus, and he immediately goes to find his brother, Simon Peter, to introduce him (see Jn 1:35-42). Andrew is said to have preached the Gospel in Greece, where he suffered martyrdom at Patras. Bound by ropes to an X-shaped cross, he preached to the crowds for two days before expiring. St. Andrew is the patron of Greece, Scotland, and Russia. The name “Andrew” is a Greek name meaning “courageous” or “manly.” As one who gave his life and his all to follow Christ, he would certainly live up to his name. Through his intercession, may we live up to our names and calling as Christians.
The feast of St. Andrew the apostle is closely associated with the beginning of Advent and the new liturgical year. Because of where he happens to fall on the Church calendar, St. Andrew is also associated with the Christmas Novena. It is traditionally recited fifteen times per day, ending on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Novena is unique in liturgical traditions in that the prayer is said fifteen times per day for twenty-five straight days. The feast of St. Andrew is a great day to think about Gods plan for our lives and how little things we do can have a huge impact on other people and on the whole world!
As we begin this Advent Season, ask yourself, whom does Jesus want me to bring to him? Let us take time this Advent to pray this special Christmas Novena and perhaps ask St. Andrew to introduce you to Jesus this Christmas, so that you can bring others to Him in the future!
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, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen
It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer FIFTEEN times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas Eve will obtain the favor requested.
Resources from: Saints and Feast Days; The Catholic All Year, By: Kendra Tierney; Oriens, By: Fr. Joel Sember