While there is no mention within Sacred Scripture of the birth or nativity of Mary, the Tradition of Church shows the Church in Jerusalem celebrating this feast back to fifth century. As one source notes “the commemoration arose in association with the church that was built near the Pool of Bethsaida and dedicated to the Birth of Mary. Tradition also claims that the church had been built on the site of the dwelling of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary.” (Saints and Feasts of the Liturgical Year).
It is important for us to commemorate this special day due to the role Mary has in our salvation. She models for us how God can use us as instruments to bring about His Kingdom. The closing prayer for the Mass on this day states so beautifully “May your Church exult, O Lord, for you have renewed her with these sacred mysteries, as she rejoices in the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was the hope and the daybreak of salvation for all the world.” Let us rejoice on this special day as we celebrate a Month of Mercy.
MARIAN FEAST DAYS:
- Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary- Monday, September 8th 8:00am & 12:00pm
- Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows- Monday, September 15th 8:00am & 12:00pm
- Feast of Our Lady of Mercy- Wednesday, September 24th 8:00am & 12:00pm
SPECIAL MONTH OF MERCY MASS
Sunday, September 28th at 12:00pm
We’ve partnered with the Women’s New Life Center for the Month of Mercy service opportunity. Items such as: diapers, newborn clothing, bassinets, and playards are needed for families in crisis and can be donated in the vestibule during the entire month of September.
For more information, contact:
Deacon Matthew Graham