Wednesday, November 30

Now Advent Really Begins

With the Feast of St. Andrew, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. It is a meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming. And asks for a Christmas present from God. Because we know: "To ask great things of God is to pay Him a great complement."

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 piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, 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"

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