Friday, November 30, 2012

At once ... let us follow

"Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 
At once they (Simon Peter and Andrew)
left their nets and followed Him.  ~ Matthew 4: 19
Preface II - Eucharistic Prayers - Today's Liturgy
For You have built Your Church
to stand firm on apostolic foundations,
to be a lasting sign of Your holiness on earth
and offer all humanity Your heavenly teaching.
Therefore, now and for ages unending,
with all the host of Angels,
we sing to You with all our hearts,
crying out as we acclaim: Holy, holy, holy ...
St Andrew
Apostle, Priest, Martyr
Younger brother of St Peter
Patron:  Russia, Scotland, fishermen
 Name "Andrew" (Greek: manly, brave, from ἀνδρεία,
Andreia, "manhood, valour")
Feast day  - November 30
St Andrew, ora pro nobis!


Christmas Anticipation Prayer

Beginning on St. Andrew's Feast Day, November 30, the following prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a beautifully meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.
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 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.

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