Celebration: Happy Birthday, Blessed Virgin Mary!

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Celebration: Happy Birthday, Blessed Virgin Mary!


The Catholic Church celebrates September 8 in honor of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. It is the feast day of her nativity, nine months after the celebration of her Immaculate Conception on December 8. In celebrating her nativity, Catholics give honor to the mother of God. The Blessed Virgin Mary was with Christ in all the significant moments throughout His life. He gave His mother to us to be our mother.

The Church has celebrated Virgin Mary's birth since the 8th Century. The Church's calendar observes the birthdays of only two saints: St. John the Baptist on June 24 and Virgin Mary on September 8. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church began its year with September. September 8 helped set the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 or nine months earlier. Scripture does not give an account of Mary's birth, but the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James tells that her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne, were infertile but prayed for a child. They receive the promise of a child who would advance God's plan of salvation.

Apostolic tradition has it that the house in which Mary was born in Nazareth was also the site of the Annunciation - the archangel Gabriel's announcement to her that she would be the mother of Jesus. …

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