We celebrate the birth or the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8 which is nine months from December 8 when we celebrate her Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church. The parents of our mother Mary are Saints Joachim and Anne. The birth of Mary is not documented in the Bible, but not so authoritative accounts of events before and after her birth are recorded in the “Protoevangelium of James”.
|Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Date of Birth||1st-century|
|Place of Birth||Israel in Asia|
|Feast Day||September 8|
|Patron Saint of||Any good activity; she is cited as the patroness of all humanity|
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s History
The Protoevangelium of James, says that Joachim was a very wealthy man in Israel but he and his wife had not yet been blessed with a child. They had even entertained the thought that God was displeased with them. They, therefore, dedicated much of their time in prayer and fasting to beg God for a child.
After much prayer and fasting, the angel of the Lord revealed to Anne that they will be blessed with a child that will be honoured throughout the generatons. When Joachim organized a feast when Mary was young, many priests, scribe, elders and prominent people in Israel came and blessed her saying, “O God most high, bless this child and give her a name that will be pronounced forever”
The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary announced joy and the near approach of salvation to the lost world.
Mary was not born into the world with the original sin, like other children of Adam, but pure, holy, beautiful, and glorious, adorned with all the most precious graces which became her who was chosen to be the Mother of God. She appeared indeed in the weak state of our mortality; but in the eyes of Heaven, she already transcended the highest seraph in purity, brightness, and the richest ornaments of grace.
If we celebrate the birthdays of the great ones of this earth, how ought we to rejoice in that of the Virgin Mary, presenting to God the best homage of our praises and thanksgiving for the great mercies He has shown in her, and imploring her mediation with her Son in our behalf! Christ will not reject the supplications of His mother, whom He was pleased to obey whilst on earth.
Her love, care, and tenderness for Him, the title and qualities which she bears, the charity and graces with which she is adorned, and the crown of glory with which she is honored, must incline Him readily to receive her recommendations and petitions.
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