In the Catholicism Forum, new member "swatkins62" asks an interesting question about the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, also known as the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena. This once-popular Advent custom has seen a resurgence in recent years, and the forum member received a copy of it on the Feast of Saint Andrew (November 30) at her RCIA class. She wants to know:
Does anyone know what significance, if any, there is in reciting the prayer 15 times a day?
I will admit it: She has me stumped. I cannot find a discussion of this online or in any prayerbook that features the Christmas Anticipation Prayer. But Steven Hepburn, our forum moderator, has suggested one possible answer: It may be related to the traditional 15 decades of a full rosary.
I think Steven is on to something, but I'll keep digging around to see if I can find a definitive answer. In the meantime, however, if you have seen another theory elsewhere, please post it in the comments or in the forum thread.
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