He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.Matthew 4:19-20
I’ve been looking for ways to transform my Advent. For most of my life, I’ve approached it as just the Liturgical season before Christmas. This year, instead of only anticipating Christmas, I want to enjoy Advent and celebrate the beauty of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ. I knew the way to do this was through prayer, but I didn’t know how to approach this until I went on Instagram one day.
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I saw a beautiful post by Outpouring of Trust introducing her new St. Andrew Christmas Novena Chaplets. Because they’re handmade chaplets and they’re so gorgeous, they’re literally a beautiful way to pray. The St. Andrew Christmas Novena Chaplets are used to guide us in a powerful novena, which I’ll tell you more about soon. As soon as I saw these chaplets, I convinced my mom to get one for me as an early Christmas gift. It came in the mail just before I came home for Thanksgiving, and I’ve been excited to begin praying it since I ordered it!
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena begins on St. Andrew’s Feast Day, November 30th. It lasts throughout Advent and ends on Christmas Eve. Praying this Novena involves saying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena prayer 15 times a day. With its 15 beads, the St. Andrew Christmas Novena Chaplet from Outpouring of Trust takes the guesswork out of counting the prayers. It helps me focus on praying, and the purple and pink chaplet that I chose reminds me of the beauty of the Advent season.
What attracted me to this novena is the fact that it is “piously believed” that anyone who recites the prayer 15 times a day from November 30th to December 24th will receive whatever intention they pray the novena for. Can you believe it? Any intention will be answered by praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena! I’m praying the novena this year with an important intention. This novena will not only help me grow in prayer, but also in faith this Advent as I’ve been learning to pray with expectant faith. I invite you to grow closer to Christ and anticipate his coming with me this Advent by joining me in praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena.
Hail and blessed be the hour and the 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.