September 2018 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Photo: The Nativity of the Virgin, Andrea di Bartolo/National Gallery Photo: The Nativity of the Virgin, Andrea di Bartolo/National Gallery

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The birthday of the Mother of God

First century
Feast: September 8

The celebration of Mary’s birth comes nine months after the December 8 feast of her immaculate conception as the child of Sts. Joachim and Anne. Mary’s infancy and early life are not recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers. St. Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley,” he said. The fourth-century bishop, whose theology profoundly shaped the Western Church’s understanding of sin and human nature, wrote that “through her birth, the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” 

-Catholic News Agency

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Northwest Catholic - September 2018