Today (Nov. 30th) starts the St. Andrew Christmas Novena...to be said 15 times each day from now until Christmas. Last year, the kids and I made an effort to pray this beautiful prayer a few times each day, but honestly, we never got to 15 times each day! Well, this year we have some pretty hefty prayer intentions and we aim to offer them up! We've made a chain with loops on it for the learning room. We will slide a loop over each time we pray this prayer so we have a visual reminder of how many we have prayed and how many we have left to pray each day.
We are praying this prayer for two intentions: 1. For a friend that has been diagnosed with cancer...for healing for him and 2, for our desire to grow our family....however and whenever our Lord decides to do that. We hope and pray for the child that God is calling us to adopt...that the details will become clear to us.
Here is the prayer....
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 (intention here) through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Happy Holy Season of Advent