Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Novena

Happy Feast of St. 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 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.)
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897
Today starts the Christmas Novena.  I recently learned of this novena so this afternoon I had some time to put together the chaplet.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a St. Andrew medal on hand, but I did have a Sacred Heart of Jesus that was inherited.  Not sure if Father will be blessing chaplets at Mass this evening, but I'll bring mine and pray the novena after Mass.

A beautiful printed novena card is available to download at JOYfilled Family.


  1. That is a great chaplet! It is beautiful!

  2. :) I've linked your post to my Preparing for Baby Jesus Advent Link Up:

  3. This is a beautiful chaplet.

    Prayers for a blessed Advent.