While the origins of this prayer are unknown, it is over 100 years old and may have come from Ireland.
If the St. Andrew novena was prayed as a regular 9-day novena, it would end on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. However, this novena prayer is actually traditionally prayed much longer than 9 days. It is prayed through all four weeks of Advent.
It is believed that whoever piously recites the St. Andrew Christmas novena prayer 15 times each day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) until Christmas Eve, will obtain the favor requested.
It may not be easy to pray this novena 15 times a day for 25 days, but if you are able to, this prayer will undoubtedly leave your heart well-prepared to welcome the coming of Christ. One could break the 15 prayers in 5 prayers 3 times a day perhaps at each mealtime. The beauty and sweetness of this prayer will unfold for you through its daily recitation, allowing you to meditate more fully on the profound mystery of the Incarnation.
HOUR OF GRACE - FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (Dec. 8)*
*Celebrated on Dec. 9, 2019 in USA
The Blessed virgin promised that whatever a person asked her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the Will of the Eternal Father
"My wish is that every year on the 8 December, at noon, an "Hour of Grace" will be installed. Many spiritual graces and physical blessings will be received by those who pray, undisturbed, during this hour."
During the period of November 24, 1946 to December 8, 1947, the Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Pierina in a little church in Montichiari, Italy, eleven times. On the first appearance the Blessed Mother told Sister Pierina she wanted to be known as the "Mystical Rose" and that an Hour of Grace should be kept at noon, December 8, in all the Catholic Churches of the world. The Blessed Mother wanted this to be known through all of Italy and the entire world.
It was November 16, 1947 when Sister Pierina was finishing her thanksgiving after Holy Communion when she saw a great light. She then saw a vision of the Blessed Mother as "Mystical Rose". Sister Pierina was so deeply moved by the stunning beauty of Our Lady that she began to talk to her. All of a sudden a gentle force made her kneel down in front of Our Lady. The Blessed Mother spoke these words, "My Son is so greatly offended by the sins of the people, especially by the sins of impurity. He is already planning to send the deluge upon the people for their destruction, but I have asked Him to show mercy and not send the destruction. So that is why I have appeared, to ask for penance and atonement for the sins of impurity."
Again, Our Lady asked for penance. She said, "Penance is nothing more than accepting all our crosses daily willingly. No matter how small, accept them with love." At this time she told Sister Pierina to come again December 8 at noon, "This will be my Hour of Grace." The Sister asked how she was to prepare for this Hour of Grace. To which the Blessed Mother said, "With prayers and penance. Pray the 51st psalm with outstretched arms three times. During the Hour of Grace, many spiritual graces would be granted. The most hard-hearted sinners will be touched by the Grace of God."
The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the Will of the Eternal Father.
It was December 7 when Sister Pierina felt the urge to go to church. This time she was accompanied by the priest and the Mother Superior. The Blessed Mother appeared with a young boy and girl dressed in beautiful white clothing. Sister Pierina was sure these little ones were angels because they were so beautiful. The Blessed Mother said, "Tomorrow I will show you My Immaculate Heart, which is so little known among the people." She asked people to pray for Russia. "There are so many people being held prisoners of whom their families know nothing of, because they have been gone for so many years. Pray for the conversion of Russia. The suffering of the soldiers and their sacrifices and martyrdom will bring peace to Italy." "The little children are Francisco and Jacinta. I am giving them to you as your companions. You will have much to suffer for my sake. I want simplicity and goodness from you, as of these little children." The Blessed Mother blessed Sister Pierina, the priest and all those who were gathered there.
On the morning of December 8, people began arriving at the little church at 8:00 in the morning from neighbouring towns. By noon some 10,000 people had gathered to see the Blessed Mother, many of whom had to stand outside because the church did not have enough room for the large crowd. Sister Pierina was accompanied to church by her mother and brothers, the Mother Superior and the Chief of Police from Montichiari. Sister Pierina was reciting the Rosary with the crowd in the middle of the church. Suddenly a brilliant white light appeared from the ceiling. Stairs were coming from the light down to the floor of the church, about fifteen feet in length. The staircase was beautifully decorated with red, white and yellow roses. The Blessed Virgin appeared so radiant, dressed in white, with her hands folded. She was standing on a splendid carpet at the top of the stairs, made of the red, white and yellow roses.
In the most gentle and loving voice, Our Lady smiled and began to speak, "I am the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of All Graces and the Mother of my Beloved Son, Jesus. I want to be known as the Mystical Rose."
"My wish is that every year on December 8th, at noon, an "Hour of Grace" will be installed. Many spiritual graces and physical blessings will be received by those who pray, undisturbed, during this hour."
Then, slowly, she began to descend the staircase, gracefully scattering roses as she went along, until she reached midway of the staircase. Here again the Blessed Mother spoke, "I am very happy to see this great demonstration of Faith."
Sister Pierina asked for many of the sinners to be forgiven. The Blessed Mother replied, "My Divine Son will show His Greatest Mercy as much as the people will pray for them. I want this to be known and told to the Pope (Pius XII). Tell him I want him to install the "Hour of Grace" through the whole world and even those who are not able to go to church during this hour, will receive the same graces by praying during this time in their home at noon time." She also asked that a statue be made and placed on the spot where she stood. This should be called the "Rosa Mystica", and carried in a procession through the town, at which time many graces will be given and cures will take place. Then the statue is to be returned to the church.
Our Lady prayed for the sick, some will be cured, others not. Many men, women and children were cured at that very instant. A 26 year old woman, who could not say a word for nine months, suddenly began shouting, "I see her, I see the Blessed Virgin." An 18 year old girl with ulcers was instantly cured. A five year old boy who had been paralyzed was told by the Blessed Mother, "Come to me, you will be walking now." He was on the blessed stones and was able to walk. There were three others who were very sick and were immediately cured. But of course, the greatest miracles taking place were those of the spiritual blessings being shed upon the people gathered in the church.
The Blessed Mother said, "This is the last time I will appear here. Pray, weep and do penance on these stones and you will receive the care of My Motherly Heart." She then left the little church, but because of the unending Love of Our Heavenly Mother, she has given us "The Hour of Grace", to be spread through the entire world. She had given all the opportunity to demonstrate our love and trust to her and to help make reparation for the grievous sins offending her Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE REQUEST OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER FOR THE HOUR OF GRACE:
1. Day and time of the Hour of Grace: December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to be started at 12:00 noon and continuing until 1:00 p.m. for one full hour of prayer.
2. During this hour, the person making the "Hour of Grace" either at home or at Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the phones or answer any doors or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this special Hour of Grace) .
3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying 3 times the 51st Psalm with out-stretched arms. (Psalm 51 appears below)
4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus, saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way, or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other psalms, etc.
Remember to pray for your country during this hour. The Blessed Virgin has requested that her important message be sent throughout the entire world. Please help her Mission: that all souls be drawn to GOD and that JESUS will be loved in every heart. This is the perpetual song of her heart. Let it also be ours.
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight
That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.
Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.
Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you.
Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power.
Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
Make Zion prosper in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifice, burnt offerings and holocausts; then bullocks will be offered on your altar. Amen.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (Dec. 12)
Prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe
O Purest Virgin of Guadalupe, obtain for me from your Divine Son the forgiveness of my sins, blessing for my work, remedy to my diseases and needs, and everything that you think it is convenient to ask for me and my family. O Holy Mother of God! Do not despise the supplications that we address to you in our needs, before ridding us of all dangers. O Virgin full of glory and blessing! Through Christ Our Lord, Amen. (Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, in gratitude for the miraculous Portrait, miracle and continuous testimony.)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for the Holy Church; protect the Holy Father; help all those who invoke you in their needs. Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son Jesus the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the difficulties of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, pray for us.
John Paul II’s Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.
Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand.
Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries.
Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Christmas Novena to the Infant Jesus (Dec 16-24)
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