The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary refers to the birthday of Mother Mary. We celebrate this feast on September 8, nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This feast has been celebrated for centuries and is said to have its origins in the fifth century.
According to the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal writing from the late second century, Anne and Joachim are infertile, but pray for a child. God answers their prayer and they receive the promise of a child that will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. This child is Mary, who would be the Mother of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
We celebrate only three birthdays during the Church year, the birth of Jesus, the birth of Mary and the birth of John the Baptist.
Happy Birthday Mother Mary. We love you. Please pray for us.