feast day December 18
*The Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on December 18th. A shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Expectation resides on St. Thomas Mount (the place where St. Thomas the Apostle was martyred) in Chennai, India.
Heavenly Mother, dwelling on the blood-drenched Mount of St. Thomas! Mother expecting; and Mother bearing Christ in your holy womb! Shower thy blessings on us who venerate thee. Protect us from the treacherous Satan. Shelter us in the tabernacle of thy womb.
O Holy womb that bore our Lord Jesus Christ! Mold us as expected by your beloved Son. Let our families inculcate good virtues. Let thy peace fill our families. Let faithfulness be strengthened among couples. Let the voice of vocation be heard and answered. Let wisdom, understanding and knowledge be implanted in our children.
Bless us with employment and industrial development. Bless us with good rain, agricultural growth and decent shelter. Bless us with the gift of Children. Bless pregnant mothers with safe delivery. Bless our journeys with safety and bless us with a burden-less life.
Bless all those who have lost their spouse. Bless the orphans and the destitute, physically challenged and the socially afflicted; the poor and helpless.
Let the priests and the religious lead a holy life. Let there be peace in the world. Let love for mankind, solidarity among religions and justice be established. Make us depend on Jesus Christ in our day to day life as you expect and may we say ‘Yes’ to God’s Holy Will. Lord! Like the holy seeping blood which gushed out from the cross carved by St. Thomas, Bless and make this Holy Mount the Faith Home of the World. Amen.
Prayer of an Expectant Mother or Prayer for Pregnant Women
Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope 
that I keep within my womb. 
You have granted me the immense gift 
of a tiny little life, 
living in my own life, 
and I humbly thank you for choosing me 
as an instrument of your love. 
In this sweet waiting, 
help me to live in a constant attitude 
of self-surrender to your will.

Grant me a motherly heart that is pure,
steadfast and generous. 
I hand over to you my own concerns; 
any anxious fears that may come, 
my own wishes for the little person 
that I still have no knowledge of. 
Grant that it may be born healthy in body, 
keep far from it every peril to its soul.

Mary, you have known 
the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood; 
give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living 
Sanctify my waiting, 
bless this joyful hope that is in me, 
grant that the fruit of my womb 
may open out in virtue 
and in holiness through your working 
with that of your divine Son.

photo:The Blessed Mother as the first (and most pure) tabernacle of Christ. How she must have marveled at the miracle hidden within her most holy womb.
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