Celebrated on 18 December by nearly the entire Latin Church. Owing to the ancient law of the Church prohibiting the celebration of feasts during Lent a law still in vigour at Milanthe Spanish Church transferred the feast of the Annunciation from 25 March to the season of Advent, the Tenth Council of Toledo assigning it definitely to 18 December. It was kept with a solemn octave.
In older editions of missals, this feast is still listed as a votive Mass. The feast is celebrated on the 18 December, a week before Christmas Day. There was a removal of certain Octaves, a simplification of Feasts and a virtual elimination of Commemorations.
The Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, focuses on the expectation of our Lady, not just of the birth of her son, but of the salvation of the world. Redemption is nigh. The feast birthed the creation of breathtakingly, beautiful images of our Lady of the Expectation.
One week until Christmas. Decorations are everywhere. Shopping is shifting from hurried to frantic. There are preparations for travel and guests, for parties and feasts.
This feast is celebrated on December It is a profound commemoration of what Our Lady and St. Joseph went through during the week preceding the first Christmas.
Like her, we should say of Jesus and mean with our hearts: Come! I want to see your face! How great must have been that longing!
Her own mother St Anne could have prepared her for the joys and aches of pregnancy, labor and delivery but there was certainly no precedent for Conception by the Holy Spirit. She promises to intercede for us, comforting and guiding us any way that she can, while she leads us to her Son. Kelly Saints TM Copyright www.
Below is an excerpt from The Feasts of Mary by Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, SVD:. Jesus is in me, too, through sanctifying grace, I bear within me the supernatural image of the Divine Sonship. He works in my soul by His grace.
Rejoice, O Mary, by whose mighty hand the Church hath victory over her foes [every heresy] achieved, since thou to Gabriel's word of quickening power in lowliness hast listened, and believed — thou, still a virgin, in thy blessed womb hast God Incarnate of thy flesh conceived, and still, in heaven, of that virginity remainest after childbirth unbereaved. Blessed art thou that hast believed, for there is a performance of those things which were told thee from the Lord. Today, December 18, we celebrate the feast day of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Maryreminding us that we, too, expectantly wait for the grace and joy of Our Lord and Savior, born on Christmas day.
This traditional novena recalls the expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the birth of Christ drew near. Begun on December 16, this novena will end on Christmas Evemaking it the perfect way for us, individually or as a family, to begin our final preparations for Christmas. The novena could be combined with the lighting of the Advent wreath or with Advent Scripture readings.