The Feast of the Birth of Mary, Mother of the Lord
The Nativity of Mary, or Birth of the Virgin Mary, refers to the traditional birthday of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
The Bible does not record Mary’s birth. The earliest known account of Mary’s birth is found in the (Apocryphal) Proto-evangelium of James, a text from the late second century, where her parents are known as SS Joachim and Anna.
In the case of saints, the Church generally commemorates their date of death (or entry into the New Life), with S John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary as the few whose birth dates are also commemorated. The reason for this is found in the singular mission each had in salvation history, but traditionally also because these alone were holy in their very birth.
Our celebration of Mary’s Birth will have (weather-permitting) a particular character tomorrow as we take Our Lady with us ‘to the streets’ after Holy Communion at Mass – singing and proclaiming the wonders of God as we walk with Mary along the roads surrounding our Church Building.
Mary’s whole life proclaims the goodness of God … what about yours?
You may like to consider this as you listen to this worship song, and maybe join in …
See you at Mass tomorrow – we’ll be singing this then!