Monday, November 30, 2009
A Novena To Saint Andrew
As I knelt in the pew, looking up at the crucifix and the first advent candle burning brightly, a dear friend of my mother entered the pew behind me and tapped me on the shoulder.” I have a Novena for you to St. Andrew”, she said. “It starts today and you say it everyday during Advent”. I thanked her, and then she added “Give a copy to your mother”. I smiled, continued my prayer and waited for mass to begin.
Later that afternoon, I was also invited to listen to today’s homily on EWTN, given by Fr. Joseph Mary, MFVA. Interestingly enough, it was about a miraculous healing that happen to this priest’s great, great Uncle Andy, after saying this novena to St. Andrew.
Apparently, Uncle Andy, who was 90 years old at the time, was completely blind in his right eye, and legally blind in his left. He said the novena prayer to St. Andrew fifteen times a day throughout Advent and at the end of the novena; he regained the sight in his right eye. He continued the novena prayer, repeating it fifteen times a day or more, everyday after that, and he has now regained the sight in his left eye as well.
Uncle Andy continues to say this novena everyday for the end of abortion.
This novena prayer is so beautiful and so centered on the birth of our Savoir and our Blessed Mother, that I wanted to share it with you.
Novena to Saint Andrew:
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,
through the merits of Our Savoir Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.
"If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." –Rm 10:9