Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the
“Hail and blessed be prayer” is to be recited fifteen times a day until Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the purest Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
ABOUT ST. ANDREW
St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida, a town in
Galilee, upon the banks of the Lake of Genesareth. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman of that town, and brother to Simon Peter. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. One day while with St. John the Baptist and seeing Jesus pass by after St. Andrew was baptized he heard the words: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
By it he clearly learned that Jesus was the Messias and the redeemer of the world, and resolved from that moment to follow Him: St. Andrew was the first of His disciples, and therefore is styled by the Greeks the Protoclet, or First Called. St. Andrew then brought his brother then Simon to Christ.
It is agreed that later after serving his Master, St. Andrew laid down his life for Christ at Patrae in Achaia. According to this vintage writing of the Lives of the Saints, he was crucified on an Olive Tree. It is also said that he cried out; “Hail precious cross, that hast been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with His limbs as with rich jewels. – I come to Thee exulting and glad; receive me with joy into Thy arms. O good cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord’s limbs; I have ardently loved Thee. Long have I desired and sought Thee: now Thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul: receive me into Thy arms, taking me from among men, and present me to my Master; that He who redeemed me on Thee, may receive me by Thee.”