Monday, November 30, 2009

St Andrew~The First Called

St Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, but at John's words: "Behold the Lamb of God", Andrew knew that there was one greater than John that he should follow. When Jesus realized Andrew was following behind him, Jesus asked him: "Whom do you seek?" Andrew inquired of Jesus about where he lived; Jesus simply replied, "Come and see." In a relatively short time this disciple would come to recognize Jesus as Messiah. So it is that St Andrew became the first of Jesus' disciples. He would then tell his brother Peter.
Andrew and Peter would eventually give up their fishing business to follow Christ at all times.
It is believed that Andrew went to Greece after the Ascension of Our Lord. He would be given the crown of martyrdom by being put to death on a cross to which he was tied, not nailed. He would suffer for two days before dying, but continued to preach to those who gathered around him in those two days.

Prayer To St Andrew
O glorious St. Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, St. John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother, St. Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

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 piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

(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.)

Imprimatur
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897


2 comments:

Anne said...

I love the novena of St. Andrew. I have been praying it every Advent of my entire life. I never knew that it was called the Novena of St. Andrew though, I always called it the Christmas prayer. I also wonder why it should be prayed 15 times.

The one year I prayed it most passionately was the year of Desert Storm back in the 90's, and I really felt my prayer was answered because that war was so short.

God bless you with a peaceful Advent!

Karinann said...

Anne,
You are so good to be able to pray this prayer 15 times a day! Not sure of the significance of the number either.
God bless you for sticking with this and for your fervor.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.