In the Catholic Church, September 8th is celebrated as the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. In other words, it’s Mama Mary’s birthday! And that is reason to celebrate!🎂
This Marian feast is one of my favorites. Perhaps because celebrating a birthday is something so very normal and homey. After all, Mary was a humble Jewish maiden.
It also is fitting to celebrate her birth because Mary’s “yes” to God, her fiat, enabled the Incarnation. It was through her that the world received its Redeemer. She was the first to welcome and to love Him. And when He suffered, she suffered, too (Luke 2:35).
“At the beginning of the New Covenant, which is to be eternal and irrevocable, there is a woman: the Virgin of Nazareth.”
-Pope St. John Paul II, MulierisDignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women) –> I highly recommend reading this Apostolic Letter.
Mary is our mother as well, praying for and loving us with maternal care. She is not a goddess. We do not worship her. But we do honor, venerate, and ask for her prayerful intercession and protection.
We all have much reason to exult on this happy day!
But what can we give to Mary?
As the priest at Mass this morning reminded the congregation, the best “birthday gifts” that we can offer Mary are repentance of our sins, prayer, and loving service to others. He mentioned specifically the devotion of Five First Saturdays, which you can learn about here.
The following is a simple little poem that I wrote last year for Mary’s Birthday. I thought I’d share with you all today. (Don’t judge. I’m not a poet, haha).
“The sky a gentle blue like Mary’s mantle
The light of the sun glowing bright like a candle
A quiet, laughing breeze fills the air
Signs of God’s glory are everywhere
It is the memorial of our Queen and Mother’s birth
She whose fiat brought our Savior down to earth
The courts of heaven sing God’s praise
The world joins in on this day of days
Immaculate with grace from the first moment of life
Throughout her years, she knew both joy and strife
Her love and aid are ever near
Patiently drawing us to her Son so dear
Mary, sweet Mother, we lift our voice,
‘Keep us close to you til in heaven we rejoice!'”
Happy Birthday, Mama Mary! 🌸🌷🌻