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Bartolome Esteban Perez Murillo, Birth of the Virgin

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8th, nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin’s parents, St. Ann and Joachim, were an aging couple praying for a child. Mary’s birth was miraculous, as she was conceived without sin (Immaculate Conception), an exclusive grace God bestowed upon her because she was predestined to be the mother of the Incarnate Son of God. The birth of the Virgin Mary ushers in the dawn of the redemption of the human race through Jesus Christ.
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She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley.”

Saint Augustine (354-430 A.D.), Father and Doctor of the Church

Birth of the Virgin Mary, Mondadori Portfolio, Getty Images

The day of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a day of universal joy, because through the Mother of God, the entire human race was renewed, and the sorrow of the first mother, Eve, was transformed into joy.”

Saint John of Damascus

Alessandro Turchi, The Birth of Mary (1631-1635), Museo del Prado

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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