Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nativity of Mary

Today is the feast of the Nativity of Mary!  

We have a story connected to this feast, in my family.  When my mother was pregnant with my now-eight-year-old brother, Bernard, she was told that his due date was September 7th.  My mom told Our Lady that if Bernard was born on the feast of Mary's Nativity, she (my mom) would take it as a sort of "sign" that he might be a priest one day.  (We're always hoping that one day we'll have priests and nuns in our family.)  

Well, Bernard wasn't born on Our Lady's feast day.  He was born on the sixth of September - a ferial (saintless) day.  Talk about irony! 

Anway...  Today marks one of only three birthdays celebrated by the Church.  The other two are Our's Lord's (of course), and St. John the Baptist's.  

If you'd like to honor Mary's birthday, here are a few ideas:

  • Pray the Litany of Loretto
  • If you like to bake, make a birthday cake for Our Lady!  (Please don't try to put two thousand-something candles on it.)
  • Recite the Rosary, or if you already say a daily Rosary, say an extra one!  (Which reminds me that I need to say mine...practice what you preach, Victoria!)
  • Make the Consecration to Our Lady, in honor of Mary's consecration to the Temple.

(Poster made by me)


  1. I go to Adoration on Wednesdays, but that Thursday I was covering Adoration for someone else. There was another lady in there that morning, and shortly before she left, she turned to me and said, "Would you sing Happy Birthday to Our Lady with me?" It was incredible! I'd never done something like that before.

  2. Aww, that's awesome. <3 I would have loved doing that!


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