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Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary

 

 

Nativity of the   Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Feastday September 8th

In celebrating the nativity of Mary,

Christians anticipate the Incarnation and birth of her Divine Son,

and give honor to the mother of Our Lord and Savior.

 

 

Blessed and venerable are you, O Virgin Mary!
Happy are you, O Holy Virgin, and most worthy of all praise:
for out of you has risen the sun of Justice, Christ our God. Alleluia !
 


 
 


The familiar story of Mary's birth has been presented

with various details throughout Christianity,

but there is no doubt that her birth came about

as an act of God.

 

 

According to the account in the apocryphal

"Gospel of James,"

a book dating from the 2nd Century AD,

Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were childless

and were fast approaching the years

which would place Anna beyond the age of childbearing.

but they fasted and prayed intensely

that God would grant their desire for a child.

Their prayers were not only answered,

but their child would, in turn,

bear a child ordained by God as his Son.

 

 


The birth of Mary was also miraculous.

She was conceived without sin as a special grace

because God had selected her to become the mother of His Son

The feast of her Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8.


According to one tradition,

the house in which Mary was born

in Nazareth is the same one

in which the Annunciation took place.

By another tradition, the Annunciation site is beneath

the Crusader church of St. Anna in Jerusalem,

under an 3rd Century oratory

known as the "Gate of Mary".

 


 


The hoped-for day of the blessed and venerable Mary ever a Virgin

has now come; therefore let our earth rejoice with great gladness,

illuminated by the birth of so great a Virgin.

For she is the flower of the field from which came forth

the priceless lily of the valley;

by her child-bearing the nature inherited from our first parents

is changed, their fault wiped out.

In her that sentence passed on Eve was remitted which said,

"In sorrow shall you bring forth children,"

for Mary brought forth the Lord in joy.

Eve sorrowed, but Mary exulted;

Eve carried weeping in her womb,

but Mary carried joy,

for Eve brought forth a sinner,

but Mary innocence itself.

The mother of our race brought punishment into the world,

but the Mother of our Lord brought salvation into the world.

Eve was the source of sin, Mary the source of merit.

Eve by killing was a hindrance, Mary by giving life was a help.

Eve wounded, Mary healed.

Obedience takes the place of disobedience,

faith makes up for faithlessness.

Mary may now play on her instruments,

the Mother strike the cymbals with swift fingers.

The joyful choruses may sound out and

songs alternate with sweet harmonies.

Hear, then, how she sings, she who leads our chorus.

For she says, "My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;

for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;

because He who is mighty has done great things for me."

And so the miraculous new birth takes away

the cause of our increasing burden of sin,

and Mary's song puts an end to the weeping of Eve.

 


The earliest document commemorating this feast

comes from the sixth century.

St. Romanus, the great ecclesiastical lyrist of the Greek Church,

composed for it a hymn which is a poetical sketch

of the apocryphal Gospel of St. James.

St. Romanus was a native of Emesa in Syria,

and composed his hymns between 536-556 .

The feast may have originated somewhere in Syria or Palestine

in the beginning of the sixth century,

when after the Council of Ephesus,

under the influence of the "Apocrypha",

the cult of the Mother of God was greatly intensified.

St. Andrew of Crete in the beginning of the eight century

preached several sermons on this feast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels,
Mother of grace and love, I greet you with all my heart.
Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during
all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion
to you, who are the first creature of God's love.
O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born
immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of
God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve
the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where,
on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted,
assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.
Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings,
and virtues of your divine Son.

Hail Mary, full of grace................

Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden,
open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise,
make me love the humble and hidden life;
let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open
to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.

Hail Mary, full of grace................

Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of heaven,
you are my trust and hope.
O powerful advocate, from your cradle stretch out your hand,
support me on the path of life.
Make me serve God with ardor and
constancy until death and so reach an eternity with you.

Hail Mary, full of grace................

 

Blessed are you O Virgin Mary, you who bore the Creator of all things;
you brought forth Him Who created you, and a virgin forever you remain.
May the humanity of Your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, help us,
that He, Who when born of the Virgin did not lessen,
but consecrated the purity of His Mother,
may on this solemn feast of her Nativity, deliver us from our sins,
and make our offering acceptable to You, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who with You, lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen