St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena Begins November 30th!

November 30 is the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew was the very first disciple called by Our Lord, and he is the one who got his brother, St. Peter, to become Jesus’ disciple too.  We all know how the rest turned out.

The feast day of St. Andrew also marks the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of the new one on the first Sunday of Advent.

There are many popular traditions associated with St. Andrew’s feast day, especially in those countries that have him as their patron saint, Scotland and Russia.

But the most popular St. Andrew’s feast day tradition is for everyone, and that is the tradition to begin a Christmas novena prayer on St. Andrew’s feast day.

It’s called the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, or more simply, The Christmas Novena, and it’s a wonderful way to enter into the Advent season that is marked by a time of anticipation, penance, and prayer.

If the St. Andrew novena was prayed as a traditional nine-day novena, it would end on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.  However, this novena prayer is actually traditionally prayed much longer than nine days—it is prayed through all four weeks of Advent.  It is piously believed that whoever recites the St. Andrew Christmas prayer FIFTEEN (!) times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas day will obtain the favor requested.

And here it is!  Go ahead and memorize it, copy and paste it to your desktop, stick it on your car dashboard, write it on your arm, or whatever you need to do to make sure you prepare your heart for Christmas old-school style!

Saint 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.


Prayer is an essential part of Advent. Reciting this special novena prayer each day is a simple yet beautiful way to celebrate the spiritual significance of the Advent season and to experience a deeper conversion to Jesus.  The St. Andrew Christmas novena is commonly found in many Advent prayer books which are also loaded with many other beautiful prayers and traditions for this time of year.

Have you made the St. Andrew Christmas novena a part of your Advent prayers in the past? If so, what blessings and graces did you receive?


About Gretchen

Gretchen is a recent convert and completely in love with the Catholic faith. She is very active in her parish and has recently joined the Lay Dominicans. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics & currently works on copywriting and social media for The Catholic Company.
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9 Responses to St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena Begins November 30th!

  1. Jason Schaum says:

    Love it, thanks Gretchen. Did not know about this, but I am throwing it in the mix for Advent. Andrew is my Confirmation Name, so I especially like this prayer; plus, I love finding long-time church prayers & practices and reviving them in my own prayer life.

  2. Gretchen says:

    Fantastic! Happy St. Andrew’s feast day! You especially will get a lot out of this prayer with St. Andrew as your patron. I’m going to attempt this prayer too this Advent–for the first time. And I totally agree with you about finding long-time Catholic prayers and practices. There are loads around Christmas time, for example, St. Nicholas day (Dec. 6) where the kids leave their shoes out and find them filled with treats in the morning (St. Therese talks about this practice in her family) and St. Lucy’s day (Dec. 13) with a special procession at her feast day mass with little girls holding candles.

  3. kathy says:

    I thought you might like to know that the novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest novena in the church. At one time long,long ago,the novena to the Holy Spirit was the only novena acknowledged by the church.

  4. Jason Schaum says:

    Rick Steves had a European Christmas special on PBS which featured a St Lucy procession, I think it was in a Scandinavian country. The little blonde girls did look like little angels with their candles. Bits of Europe seem to hold on to the traditions, despite the secularization said to be taking place. Hope these traditions become more widely adopted, instead of fading. Nothing is impossible with Our Lord, I s’pose…

  5. Mark says:

    My late wife Rosann (God rest her soul) was a dialysis patient for several years. She suffered many other ailments, mostly with saintly acceptance, but the dialysis was a true torment for her. The thrice weekly treatment filled her with dread the preceding day. She often refused to go and I had to take her forcibly to get her to her appointments. Some patients talked about being wheeled to a beach somewhere and just being left to die.
    Rosann sympathized with that notion or desire.
    One day she heard of the St. Andrew Novena. She loved the saints, most loved was Our Lady, but a favorite was St Anthony who had helped her find many lost items, dogs and even children, one 6 year old girl lost in a pig barn at the State Fair.
    She turned to St. Andrew for intercession.
    Her petition was to be off dialysis one way or the other (morte) by Christmas. She began the novena with great confidence. As I remember she was crying one day because she fell asleep before finishing the prayers. I assured her Our Lord understood her and her abilities, that she had no worries about her prayers being denied because of a couple hours sleep.
    Her novena continued.
    A few days before Christmas her doctor informed Rosann that her “levels” were looking good and the doctor was taking her off dialysis for one week and “one week only”. I should say Rosann was a difficult patient at times. Rosann informed her doctor, who was a practicing catholic, that St Andrew would be the judge of that.
    Rosann was off dialysis for almost five years.
    Her kidneys maintained about 20% function through that time.
    Rosann passed away July of 2011, she had recently returned to a dialysis regiment and her passing was marked by God’s grace in many ways.
    God’s will, St. Andrews intercession and Rosann’s faith – Three things I am most sure of.
    Lord have mercy on us.
    St. Andrew pray for us.

  6. Anna says:

    This is my first year saying the Christmas Novena of St. Andrew. I’ve been dealing with Seasonal depression and just want some Heavenly intercession. I am hopeful after hearing everyone praise St. Andrew.
    My “go to guys” are usually St. Anthony & St. Dominic who have assisted with my many blessings already.
    So, Thank You for posting this prayer as well. :)

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi. This is my first time hearing about the St. Andrew Advent novena prayer. I know I am late but does anyone know if it would be ok to start the prayer today. Thank you

  8. Vicena Moguel says:

    Hi, My family, friends, and I have been saying this Novena for more than 40 years. It has become my tradition to distribute copies of this Novena every year. Some people have asked me if I have this in Spanish and Chinese…do you know of anyone who has this in the said languages or can probably translate them in both languages? I will truly appreciate it if we can obtain this prayer translated in Spanish and Chinese. Thank you so much and God bless you.

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