Mary’s Birthday Sept. 8, 16 B.C.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was born September 8th, nine months after the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, when she was conceived (without the original sin of Adam and Eve) in her mother St. Ann’s womb.

hp_birth_of_mary_09The Bible is mute about Mary’s conception and birth.  But there are 2nd century Apocryphal documents that give accounts of her birth.
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 3 of them can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia: Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Protoevangelium of James and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.  These traditions complement scripture and are not contrary to what is found in the Bible.

Another account I found posted on Free Republic is by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Mary was born fifteen years,three months and seventeen days before the birth of Jesus. She was born in a house in which,fourteen years,six months and seventeen days later,the Archangel Gabriel,sent by God,would come and kneel before her and with a bowed head would say, “Hail,full of grace,the Lord is with thee.” Mary was three years,two months and thirteen days old when she was presented by her parents to GOD in the Temple. She was fourteen years old when she was espoused to Joseph and she was fourteen years, four months and fifteen day old when her espousals to Saint Jpseph were solemnized. She was in her forty-eighth year when Jesus suffered the Passion and death on the cross,and Jesus gave her to John and to all the Faithful as their own Mother!-when Jesus and rose from the dead,and ascended into Heaven,in the year 33. MAry was seventy-two years old when she herself,died and was three days later assumed into Heaven ,in the year 58. Mary has the compassionate heart of a good Mother. She hears those who ask her for help and she leads them on to Jesus. She knows well, all about suffering,sorrow,joy, fear,love and war. please take one second of your time Sept.8th-and wish the Mother of Jesus a Happy Birthday! Ask her to help those in your own life and those of your families (who need salvation of their souls),and learn how to say the rosary,and wear the brown scapular.”

bambinoSt Augustine writes about the importance of this feast already way back in the 5th century.

“The Hoped for day of the blessed and venerable Virgin Mary ever a Virgin has now come; therefore let our earth rejoice with great gladness, illuminated by the birth of so great a Virgin.  For she is the flower of the field from which came forth the priceless lily of the valley; by her child-bearing the nature inherited from our first parents is changed, their fault wiped out.  In her the sentence passed on Eve was remitted which said, “In sorrow shall you bring forth children,” for Mary brought forth the Lord in joy.

Eve sorrowed, but Mary exulted; Eve carried weeping in her womb, but Mary carried joy, for Eve brought forth a sinner, but Mary innocence herself.  The mother of our race brought punishment into the world, but the Mother of our Lord brought salvation into the world.  Eve was the source of sin, Mary the source of merit.  Eve by killing was a hindrance, Mary by giving life was a help.  Ever wounded, Mary healed.  Obedience takes place of disobedience, faith makes up for faithlessness.

Mary may now play on her instruments, the Mother strikes the cymbals with swift fingers.  The joyful choruses may sound out and songs alternate with sweet harmonies.  Hear, then, how the she sings, she who leads our chorus.  For she says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for, behold, hence forth all generations shall call me blessed because He who is mighty has done great things for me.
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”  And so the miraculous new birth takes away the cause of our increasing burden of sin, and Mary’s song puts an end to the weeping Eve.”

childmaryWe are so blessed to have the Blessed Mother as our own mother too.  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee and for those who do not have recluse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church the Freemasons and today all those in and out of the Church who teach heresies. Amen.

Ven. Ann Catherine Emmerich, who had great mystical visions that she wrote down, also shares the same birthday as Mary, Sept. 8, 1774.