Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When
his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was
found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just
man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as
he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream,
saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you
shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All
this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a
virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel”
(which means, God with us).
Holy Mother of God,
hear the prayers of the Church
especially those wearied by life
and overcome by the
they bear for their children.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
intercede for them
from your place in
that the mercy of your divine Son
might lighten their
and give them strength.
Glory to the Father….
The Birth of the Virgin Mary – Pray for Mothers who will Give Birth
“At first I as scared,” Sarah told me. “I was scared, excited and
filled with the most incredible expectation. It was like those words we hear at
Mass: we wait in joyful hope. I thought of all those women who feel the first
kick, the stirrings of life deep within them. I prayed for them, that they would
love their child, cherish their little baby and know that in being a mother they
are involved in something so much bigger than themselves. They have been chosen
by God to be custodians of the mystery of life. At first I was scared, and then
I just cried … with joy.”