Thursday, September 8, 2005
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Feast (1969): September 8
Double of the II Class (1955 Calendar): September 8

Today we recall a very important day in the life of Mary – her birth. Unlike the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary, today is not a Holy Day of Obligation where we as Catholics must attend Mass. However, the birth of Mary is certainly an important part of our faith since Mary was the one who consented to become the Mother of God and bring our Savior into the world. 

A Prayer for Today's Remembrance of Mary’s birth written by St. Ambrose:

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin; give me strength against thine enemies, and against the enemy of the whole human race. Give me strength humbly to pray to thee. Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers, through the merits of thy most sacred nativity, which for the entire Christian world was a birth of joy, the hope and solace of its life. When thou wast born, O most holy Virgin, then was the world made light. Happy is thy stock, holy thy root, and blessed thy fruit, for thou alone as a virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit, didst merit to conceive thy God, as a virgin to bear Thy God, as a virgin to bring Him forth, and after His birth to remain a virgin. Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner, and give me aid, O Lady, so that just as thy nativity, glorious from the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Juda, illustrious from the stock of David, didst announce joy to the entire world, so may it fill me with true joy and cleanse me from every sin. Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent, that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity may put a cloak over all my sins. O holy Mother of God, flowering as the lily, pray to thy sweet Son for me, a wretched sinner. Amen.

Collect:

Bestow upon Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace: that as the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of our salvation, so the solemn feast of her Nativity may bring us an increase of peace. Through our Lord.

2 comment(s):

del_button September 12, 2005 at 4:12 PM
Anonymous said...

Nobody commented on Marys birth and I feel someone should.

Hail Mary Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee!

del_button September 12, 2005 at 9:32 PM
Matthew said...

Thanks for your comments, anonymous, and I don't think any other prayer could have said it better.

Our Lady even told St. Mechtilde when the saint was working on writing the most beautiful prayer to Mary, “Desist, dear child, from your labor for no prayer you could possibly compose would give me the joy and delight of the Hail Mary.”

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