My wife has often reminded me that while most of us see the Season of Advent as a a four week period, Mary's advent was 9 months! I have often pondered on that and decided to write a hymn exploring that theme. It is sung to the tune: VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN (18.104.22.168. D), which is commonly used to sing "O Lord, How Shall I Meet You" (#104 in Glory to God hymnal).
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Nine months was Mary’s advent, nine months her blessed wait.
Her travels long and toilsome, her path a joyful fate.
She carried Christ our savior within her blessed womb,
the journey just beginning would reach an empty tomb.
With Joseph, Mary pondered these things long in her heart.
Her trust was true and faithful, would guide them from the start.
Her Lord had chosen Mary to bear God’s only son,
This advent wait of blessing where grace had just begun.
With courage may we follow this Mary’s faithful feet,
and trust our God to save and to make our joy complete.
Help us to wait like Mary as when her tale began.
May we, like her, give fully ourselves to serve God’s plan.