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 piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God!
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.
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It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897