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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - September 8

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 8

A Saints feast day, or “birthday” into eternal life, is commemorated on the anniversary of the day of their return to the Lord, in other words on the date of their death. However, other than Christmas, there are only two actual birthdays celebrated in the Church’s liturgical calendar, John the Baptist on June 24 and the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8. With the birth of Mary falling 9 months to the day from her Immaculate Conception on December 8, a clear confirmation of the Churches unwavering belief and stance that life begins at conception.

Though no Scriptural references to the birth of Mary or her parentage are found in the Bible, we have ancient writings and visionaries that speak of the circumstances and tradition surrounding her birth. Most of our information coming from the apocryphal writing of, the Protevangelium of James (125 A.D.), and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary (translated by St. Jerome). Traditionally it is believed that Mary was born in Jerusalem and a feast on her birthday has been celebrated since the 5th century.

“Mary is like the dawn who precedes the rising of the sun. Let us celebrate with joyful hearts the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Son of Justice, Christ Our Lord.”

When Dawn Appears
The Apostleship of Prayer

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The Birth of the Virgin Mary - Esteban Murillo (1618-1682)
The Birth of the Virgin Mary - Vittore Carpacccio (1460-1525)
The Birth of the Virgin Mary - Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)

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