This is the story as told to me (Dianne ) by my mother, Rose….
It was 1949 and Rose’s husband, (my dad) Jerome, owned a blacksmith shop in Oran (a small town in Southeast Missouri). The farmers would bring work to him and, knowing how poor they were, he just didn’t have the heart to charge them. At the time, they had three small children (they went on to raise seven). One day, Jerome noticed that his own kids were barefoot and knew that he needed to change something. About this time, Rose had gone to the grocery store to buy a can of evaporated milk to make milk gravy to put over toast as this is what was served every night for dinner. The manager of the grocery store, a fellow named Mr. Heisserer approached her and said, “Rose please feel free to put some things on credit.” She replied, “You do not understand. We have no income and no way to pay off the credit.” “You come with me”, he said. He then took her to his office and gave her the Novena entitled “Prayer to Obtain Favors”. Rose and Jerome faithfully prayed the Novena beginning November 30th through Christmas and offered it for Jerome’s employment. On February 2nd 1950, he began working for a company that he retired from 35 years later in 1985. Rose is 89 years old and still benefits from Jerome’s employment. This year will be her 63rd year to recite the Novena. As for Jerome, he passed away peacefully on November 30th, 2007—the start day of this most powerful prayer.
PRAYER TO OBTAIN FAVORS (Also known as Christmas Prayer)
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 Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th Nov.) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.
MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897