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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

The birth of Mary does not appear in the Bible, but instead, what we as Catholics believe comes from early Christian writings; the Protoevangelium of James in particular. Today, September 8, marks the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary as it falls exactly nine months after the Immaculate Conception on December 8. The Church teaches that Joachim, a wealthy man belonging to one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and his wife Anne struggled to conceive a child. In their old age, they prayed and fasted, asking that God grant them a child. An angel appeared to Anne, revealing that she would become pregnant and that her child would be honored for generations to come.

After the birth of Mary, whom was born without the stain of Original Sin, St. Anne created a sanctuary, prohibiting common and unclean things near her child. When she was one, St. Joachim invited priests, other religious elders, and the people of Israel for a great feast, where Mary was blessed. It was decided that Mary would be consecrated a virgin, which led to her chaste marriage with St. Joseph.

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote, “The mother of our race brought punishment into the world, but the Mother of our Lord brought salvation into the world,” setting up the parallel between Eve and Mary. In Genesis 3:15, God, when cursing the serpent for the fall of humanity into sin, says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall strike at His heel.” As Catholics, we acknowledge this as the prophesied Virgin, Mother of God, and thus, the immaculate nature of Mary.

Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

O Virgin immaculate, thou who by a singular privilege of grace wast preserved from original sin, look in pity upon our separated brethren, who are nevertheless thy children, and call them back to the center of unity. Not a few of them, although separated from the Church, have kept a certain veneration for thee; and do thou, generous as thou art, reward them for it, by obtaining for them the grace of conversion.

Thou wast conqueror of the infernal serpent from the first instant of thy existence; renew even now, for it is now more necessary than ever before, thine ancient triumphs; glorify thy divine Son, bring back to Him the sheep that have strayed from the one fold and place them once more under the guidance of the universal Shepherd who holds the place of thy Son on earth; let it be thy glory, O Virgin who destroyest all heresies, to restore unity and peace once more to all the Christian people. Amen. 


September 8
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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