THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
A Sign of JOY, of HOPE, and of MOTHERLY CONSOLATION
The feast had its origins in Palestine toward the end of the 7th century brought by the Eastern monks and spread out finding it way throughout and finally rested after the Immaculate Conception feast had been declared on December 8. Logically, nine months after, September 8 had been set as the fixed date for the birth of the Blessed Mother.
‘’..all creation sings with joy, exults, and participates in THE JOY OF THIS DAY… This is, in fact, the day on which the Creator of the World constructed His Temple; today is the day on which by a STUPENDOUS PROJECT a CREATURE BECOMES THE PREFERRED DWELLING OF THE CREATOR’’. (St. Andrew of Crete)
‘’Let us celebrate with JOYFUL HEARTS the BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN MARY, of whom was BORN THE SUN OF JUSTICE…Her birth constitutes the DAWN OF HOPE AND SALVATION TO THE WORLD…’’ (Mass of the Feast).
The birth of Mary is ordained in particular toward her MISSION as MOTHER OF THE SAVIOR. Her existence is indissolubly connected with that of Christ: it partakes of a unique plan of PREDESTINATION and GRACE. God’s mysterious plan regarding the INCARNATION OF THE WORD embraces also the Virgin who is His Mother. In this way, the BIRTH OF MARY is inserted at the very HEART OF SALVATION. (Full text taken from the Dictionary of Mary)
The words of the Blessed Mother of Jesus, our Mother too…
‘’My birth is cause for your joy. At the moment your heavenly Mother is born, like the rising dawn, the radiant day of your SALVATION is already NEAR AT HAND and CERTAIN for you. Close to my crib, Heaven leaps for JOY with the countless cohorts of angels, who have been forever awaiting this ineffable moment.
‘’Round about my crib, there gather festively the spirits of the prophets and the just who have lived, prepared and hoped in the expectation of this joyous event. Over my crib, with immense love of predilection, bend down the Father as He contemplates His masterpiece of creation; the Word, in the expectation of placing Himself in my virginal and motherly womb; the Holy Spirit, who is already communicating Himself to my soul with the fullness of LOVE.
‘’For this reason, my birth is above all a CAUSE OF GREAT JOY for you all, who love to call upon me as THE CAUSE OF YOUR JOY.
‘’My birth is also CAUSE FOR YOUR HOPE. Even now the REDEMPTION, awaited , longed-for, and predicted for hundreds of centuries, is about to become a real event of your history. I AM BORN TO GIVE BIRTH TO JESUS, your REDEEMER and SAVIOR. There breaks a NEW DAWN for all humanity. Sin is about to be conquered, and for the spirit of Evil, the moment of his complete defeat draws near, while all creation prepares itself to receive the gift of its total renewal. For this reason, my birth becomes also a cause of hope for all of you, who love to call upon me as MOTHER OF HOPE.
‘’My birth is above all CAUSE FOR YOUR CONSOLATION. The little creature scarcely born, whom you contemplate again today in her crib, is the object of a wondrous design by which she will become the Mother of Jesus and Mother of all humanity. And this gives you great comfort in the painful times in which you are living. Because you all have an Immaculate Mother who KNOWS YOU, UNDERSTAND YOU, HELPS YOU AND DEFENDS YOU. Above all, in the bloody hours of the great suffering to which you are being called, how much COMFORT you find in the SURE KNOWLEDGE that your Heavenly Mother is always at your side, to share in your suffering, to strengthen your trust and to be a CONSOLATION to your many sorrows.’’ (Msg 333, ‘’My Birth’’ – To The Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.)
From today’s Liturgy of the Hours…
Antiphon 1… We commemorate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a descendant of Abraham, born of the Tribe of Judah and of David’s seed.
Antiphon 2…. When the most holy Virgin was born, the whole world was made radiant; blessed is the branch and blessed is the stem, which bore such holy fruit.
Antiphone 3…. Let us joyfully celebrate the birth of Blessed Mary so that she may intercede for us before Jesus Christ, the Lord.
O MOTHER OF HOLY HOPE AND OF LOVE EVERLASTING, PRAY FOR US…
A M E N…
O GREAT MOTHER OF THE LORD, OUR MOTHER TOO, WE, THY CHILDREN, WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE JOIN THE JOYFUL HORDES AND COHORTS FAITHFUL TO THEE, OUR COMFORT AND OUR CONSOLATION, IN CELEBRATING THIS HOPEFUL DAY OF YOUR BIRTH….
A V E M A R I A !!! V I V A H E S U S !!!
By Dad Contributor, Bro. Manuela Nolasco