Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

painting of 'The Expectation of the birth of the Virgin Mary' by Palma il Giovane, 1628; Church of San Geremia, Venice, Italy; photographed on 31 May 2016 by Didier Descouens; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial

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Memorial to impress on the faithful the sentiments of the Blessed Virgin as the time of her delivery approached.

The feast originated in Spain. When the feast of the Annunciation (25 March) was transferred to 18 December because of the regulation forbidding feasts in Lent, it remained on this date after the Annunciation was again celebrated on its original date.

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  • “Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 December 2017. Web. 23 February 2018. <>