I don't really want to go into all the details here- some things are just too private and precious for the internet, you know? I will tell you that last year there was an ache in my heart that I was struggling to bear. A good and wise friend counseled me to pray the St. Andrew Christmas Novena for a miracle. I'm not used to praying for such radical miracles. But I prayed anyway.
With tears streaming down my face and a heart heavy as lead, I prayed every day for the gift of a miracle baby- the one I was rather certain I would never get to hold.
And now, just one year later, I'm washing itty bitty baby clothes and making room for a crib right next to my bed. Because our God? Is a God of miracles. And He loves to spoil His children.
My bubbling joy at this pregnancy overwhelms me every single day. And so we're celebrating today, November 30th, the Feast of St. Andrew and the beginning of the St. Andrew Christmas Novena. And we're celebrating in the best way possible.
With the Primary Food of Heaven, of course! Chocolate. :) And we're putting up these lovely prayer cards all over the house.
|(These are gluten free K-Toos dipped in melted mint baking chips and rolled in Christmas sprinkles. They taste divine. I'm certain St. Andrew himself is indulging in such heavenly fare today! )|
Happy Feast Day, friends!
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Update: For those unfamiliar with the tradition: the St. Andrew Christmas prayer is said fifteen times per day from November 30th, the Feast of St. Andrew, until Christmas Day. It isn't really a novena in the traditional sense, and it's not even aimed toward St. Andrew. It's a meditation on the incarnation, and it is a powerful way to prepare one's heart for the birth of Christ. It has also been called the Christmas Anticipation Prayer.
I've written about the novena several times. Here are my posts in order: