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Discussion in 'Mother of God' started by padraig, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. padraig

    padraig New Member


    Mary was born to be the mother of the Savior of the world, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest of God's creatures. Because of her Son's infinite merits, she was conceived and born immaculate and full of grace. Through her, Queen of heaven and of earth, all grace is given to men. Through her, by the will of the Trinity, the unbelieving receive the gift of faith; the afflicted are tendered the works of mercy; and the members of Christ grow in likeness of their Head. In Mary all human nature is exalted. We rejoice in her birthday, as the Church has done from the earliest times. This is one of the three birthdays in the Church Calendar — the Birth of Jesus (December 25), the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24) and the Birthday of Mary. All three were born without original sin, although Mary and Jesus were conceived without sin, and St. John was cleansed of original sin while in the womb at the Visitation of Mary.

    According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today also commemorates St. Adrian. The liturgy of Our Lady's Birthday in Rome included a procession from the church of St. Adrian in the forum. St. Adrian was a Herculian Guard of the Roman Emperor Galerius Maximian. After becoming a convert to Christianity with his wife Natalia, Adrian was martyred at Nicomedia on March 4, 306.

    Historically it is the feast of St. Corbinian, a Frank who spent fourteen years as a hermit and then went to Rome, where Pope Gregory II consecrated him bishop and sent him to evangelize Germany.

    Birth of Mary
    On Our Lady's birthday the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Savior's mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as "Cause of our joy", one of the most beautiful titles in her litany.

    Since September 8 marks the end of summer and beginning of fall, this day has many thanksgiving celebrations and customs attached to it. In the Old Roman Ritual there is a blessing of the summer harvest and fall planting seeds for this day.

    The winegrowers in France called this feast "Our Lady of the Grape Harvest". The best grapes are brought to the local church to be blessed and then some bunches are attached to hands of the statue of Mary. A festive meal which includes the new grapes is part of this day.

    In the Alps section of Austria this day is "Drive-Down Day" during which the cattle and sheep are led from their summer pastures in the slopes and brought to their winter quarters in the valleys. This was usually a large caravan, with all the finery, decorations, and festivity. In some parts of Austria, milk from this day and all the leftover food are given to the poor in honor of Our Lady’s Nativity.

    Excerpted from The Holyday Book by Fr. Francis Weiser, SJ

    Patron: All people named Mary, in any form.

    Symbols: bruised serpent, sometimes encircling a globe; the lily; fleur de lis; virgin's monogram; pierced heart; crescent moon; sun and moon; starry crown; Mater Dei; rose; flowering almond; gilly flower; snow drop; hawthorn; the star; the balsam; the Ark of the Covenant; the mirror or speculum; apple; myrtle; palm, cypress and olive; closed gate; book of Wisdom; sealed book; rod of Jesse; lily of the valley; house of gold; city of God; vessel of honor; seat of wisdom.

    Things to Do:

    • Learn prayers to Mary, such as the Angelus, Litany of Loreto, Memorare, Hail Mary, and Hail Holy Queen.
    • Learn and sing various hymns to Mary, such as the Salve Regina, Immaculate Mary, Hail Holy Queen. See top bar for list of suggested hymns.
    • Start researching and planning a Mary Garden, or a special plant or flower for each feast day of Mary. This can be for next spring, but if some bulbs are to be included, this is the time to plant them!
    • Contemplate on how all the feasts of Mary point to the mysteries of Christ and our salvation history. Biblical readings: Proverbs 8:22-35 and Matthew 1:1-16 (this points to the appreciation of the heritage and family of Jesus).
    • Have a birthday party for Mary, with a specially decorated birthday cake and birthday decorations. Blue is the traditional color of Mary's mantle, so incorporating blue into the decor and food is quite appropriate. Try making an all white cake symbolizing Mary's purity, or cookies with white icing. White meringue cookies (or kisses) would also remind one of Mary's sinlessness. Birthday parties don't need special explanations for children. Have each child present a "gift" to their Mother Mary, such as spiritual bouquets, faults or virtues to work on, corporal works of mercy, etc. Learn to make string knot rosaries to give as "favors."
    • Decorate the house, family table or family altar with flowers or special Marian decor.
    • Eat some form of blueberries on this day, particularly in the morning -- blueberry muffins or blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie or just fresh blueberries on your cereal. The blue is symbolic of Mary's blue mantle.
    • Find out about the devotion to "Maria Bambina" or "Baby Mary."
    • Women for Faith and Family have some wonderful ideas for this feastday.

  2. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Heaven rejoices on great Feast Days like this. Well myheart certainly does. :) I think I can hear the sound of music and feet stamping up there above.:D

    For on the is Feast the doorway to our own Salvation was opened.

    One thing always strikes me on this Feast Day and that is the lineage of Mary who comes of the Line of Kind David. The myustics appear to indicate that there was a long line of Faithful Jewish people all down the years and the God used this Faithful Remnant to keep this flame alive. We can see this so often in the lives of the saints, that God builds the foundations of holiness on the holy who went before. That the saints parent were often very holy and saints them selves and we can trace this right back thorugh grandparents and beyond. God builds on holiness. I think we cna see this in the Jewish tradition that if the mother is Jewish then the child is always considered to be Jewish. In our Churches we cna often see statues of Mary with her mother St Ann, but when do we ever see statues of Mary with her father St Joachim? This is an indication of the importance of holy lineage.

    At Ann De Beaupre, pray for us.


  3. Booklady

    Booklady Archangels

    Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!
    Ave Maria!
  4. bflocatholic

    bflocatholic Powers

    Happy Birthday Blessed Mother!!

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  5. Julia

    Julia Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

    Happy Birthday Blessed Mother.

    I don' t know if this is the place to share something beautiful that happened today and it almost floored me.

    On the Holy Doors trail, I had arrived at bringing the soul of a particular deceased Priest soul, who used to be a parish Priest of ours. It was from my late teen years when I was not aware of how holy a Priest might be.

    I thought tomorrow was Our Lady's birthday until arriving at Holy Mass this morning. And when the Priest said we are celebrating Blessed Mothers birthday, I thought. Oh no, perhaps I should change the soul today to another deceased Priest who I knew was very, very much a Marian Priest.

    But I decided after all to leave the original Priest as I had already spoken to Jesus in prayer about the candidate for todays Holy Door. So it was.

    After Holy Mass I suddenly remembered the Priest I had on the list who happened to be the candidate for today was the very Priest who had organised and built the Marian Shrine in our town which is a dedicated Holy Door. If it was not for Father O'Malley, we would not have even had a Shrine for this Holy Door pilgrimage in our town.

    So Blessed Mother got a beautiful gift from her Merciful Son, and Father O'Malley RIP was presented at the Tribunal of Mercy on her birthday, where no doubt he had no need of help because I am certain he must already be in Heaven. And I sat thinking how Jesus would say to him. Now look My favoured son. Because of your faithful ministry we are able to bring another soul to Heaven, long after your lifetime.

    Sorry but I was so amazed at the coincidence, it is an awesome memorable birthday of Heavenly Mother.
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  6. a wee one

    a wee one Angels

    A prayer seeking the Mother of God's special intercession this day for this forum:

    May Our Mother, immaculately conceived, intercede for each and every one who posts and reads here, including the silent ones. May She send Her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, Who overshadowed Her when She conceived our Eucharistic Jesus. Come Holy Spirit to this forum! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse. Dispel all temptations to darkness. With Your Perfect Holy Heel, Dear Mother, c-r-u-s-h any and every dark force prowling and lurking to pull us from the Light of Christ! Amen.

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  7. sparrow

    sparrow Archangels

    Thanks for the great posts and Happy Blessed Birthday to the Mother of our Saviour, Mary Most Blessed :)
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  8. padraig

    padraig New Member

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  9. MonicaHope

    MonicaHope New Member

    KissingtheFaceofGod (1).JPG Happy Birthday and thank you for saying "Yes" to God!
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  10. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

  11. When we pray for someone who we feel must be in heaven. If they actually are, their glory is increased by our prayers. Many people never think of this.
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  12. Timothius722

    Timothius722 Archangels

    Glory to God in the highest...Mary daughter of the Father...Mary spouse of the Holy Spirit...Mary mother of the Son. Mary love of the Holy Trinity! Happy Birthday!
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  13. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Happy birthday Mother Mary!

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