I want to share with you the most beautiful Novena prayer that I know. It is a prayer that my family and I have said during Advent for as long as I can remember. We call it the “Hail and Blessed” Novena, or the “Advent prayer.” The prayer is recited 15 times each day, starting on the feast of Saint Andrew (November 30) until Christmas day. The prayer puts you in the setting of the incarnation, the very moment that our Lord enters into this world. It is at that moment that we petition the Child Jesus to hear, and answer us! The prayer is as follows:

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,
grant my desires,
through the merits of
our Savior Jesus Christ,
and His Blessed Mother.

Amen.

To make a commitment in prayer the 25 days prior to Christmas, putting our needs before Jesus, we are certain that they will be heard and answered. Choose to pray this prayer as a family during Advent, or pray it by yourself. It will set the proper tone for this Christmas, and the gift you most desire this year will not be under the tree, but in your heart. A gift that will change your life!