Thursday, September 8, 2011

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today, nine months after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we observe the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we revere as Theotokos, God-bearer, Mother of God. Our observance of the Nativity of the Theotokos on 8 September is an ancient observance. Hence, this day is observed by Roman and Eastern Catholics, as well as by the Orthodox.

Taken from The Festal Menaion translated from the original Greek by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware

Joachim and Ann keep festival, having brought into the world the only
Theotokos, first fruit of our salvation. With them we celebrate the feast today, blessing the pure Virgin from the root of Jesse.

The Maiden in whom God came to dwell, the pure Theotokos, glory of the prophets, the daughter of David, is born today of Joachim and Ann sober in spirit; and by her birthgiving she overthrows the curse of Adam that weighed upon us.

Come, all ye who love virginity, and who are friends of purity: come ye and welcome with love the boast of virgins. She is the fountain of life that gushes forth from the flinty rock; [Exodus 17:6] She is the Bush [Exodus 3:2] springing from barren ground and burning with the immaterial fire that cleanses and enlightens our souls.

The Virgin, offspring of Joachim and Ann, has appeared to men, releasing all from the bonds of sin.


Veni Sancte Spiritus, Veni per Mariam

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