The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Let us pray
the day of our salvation dawned
when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to your Son.
As we celebrate her own nativity,
grant us your grace and your peace.
This writer some time ago stopped reviewing events in the Church and decided to relate only to prayer. However as the direction of many within the Church seem to be moving away from moral values to becoming an all things to all men organisation it is important that we remember the roots of the faith given to us through the Word of God and passed on through the Disciples, the Holy People of God including our own loved ones.
We are currently doing a series of articles based on doctrine and in particular the Catechism.
However as today is the Feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary that series will continue tomorrow.
The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.
Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.
Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, announced joy to the whole world, for from you has risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God. He released us from the ancient curse and made us blessed; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life.
Saint 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.
How blessed we were to have such a lady as Mary, Mother of Jesus, Our Mother.
With confidence and will full knowledge of the days in which we live both in the world on in the church we turn to Mary and say
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
The ability or should I say the grace which I have to cope with all that is happening in the world and the Church at the moment stems from two sources.
The first - the words of Jesus when He told us He will be with us at all times 'even to the end of the world'.
The second - the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin warning us of the time when with in the Church 'Cardinal will oppose Cardinal' and 'Bishop oppose Bishop'. In the main these messages were given to young children who in truth could never truly understand the significance of the message. And yet the Church today has been as Mary warned infiltrated by Satan.
She told us what we should do.
Restore devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Yet within the body of Christ many do not accept that the Eucharist truly is the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Saviour. Read John Chapter 6. Even many of His own at that time in His presence turned away from Him when he said, 'I am the Bread of Life, My flesh is true food.' He did not go after them and say He was only talking figuratively!
We must as a Church restore true devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Take each Holy Mass as if it is our first and our last. In a previous article I referred to the thoughts of Padre Pio on the Mass.
We must truly pray, particularly the Rosary.
We must protect family life which is the lynchpin of the Church. Yet today we see family life collapsing all around us. Sexual ambiguity abounds. Yet some within the Church which to accept this as 'modernisation' the Church has to adapt. No the world must adapt to the word of the Lord - not the other way round.
Abortions - the killing of God's creation - rising year on year to records levels.
We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world. The love of two human beings has joined with God in his creative work. The loving parents have shown hope in a world filled with travail. The new child has the potential to be a channel of God’s love and peace to the world.
This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God’s love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.
Birthday celebrations bring happiness to the celebrant as well as to family and friends. Next to the birth of Jesus, Mary's birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. Each time we celebrate her birth, we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world at large.
Yet within the Church many whilst will in visit Marian Shrines do not appear to accept the warnings of Mary.
Oh Mary as our Mother, without whom there would be no salvation - what if Mary had said No!! - we turn to you this day.
Help each on of us to reconcile with your Son.
Help each one of us to open our eyes to the World today and turn back to God.
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee,
Blessed are you among women
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
O Blessed Mother Thank You for everything you have done for mankind.
- Series on the Catholic Catechism will continue tomorrow
for further information
Catholic Doctrine, New Testament, Catechism - catholictruth.online
Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com