No. 892 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 08 September 2016
- MARY’S BIRTHDAY
We celebrate Mary’s nativity on 8 September, nine months after the Immaculate Conception.
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated as early as the 6th century in the East. It spread to Rome (West) on the 7th century.
Earliest documented version of Mary’s birth is found in the “Protoevangelium” of James, an apocryphal gospel written about AD 150. From the Protoevangelium of James we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive.
Feasts of saints are traditionally celebrated on the dayof their death, because that is the date on which they entered into eternal life.
Only 3 birthdays are celebrated in Liturgy: Christ’s; Mary’s; and St. John the Baptist’s. Why? All three were born without original sin. Christ, because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary, because she was kept free from the stain of original sin by the action of God who foreknew Mary would agree to be the Mother of Jesus. John the Baptist, because he was blessed in the womb of Elizabeth by the presence of the Savior when Mary, pregnant with Jesus came to assist her cousin in the final months of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. (cf. Wikipedia. “Mary’s Nativity”)
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich had this vision. Mary’s parents were devout Jews (Essenes). Joachim had gone to the temple to offer a sacrifice in order to petition God for a child; but the priests mocked him and he was sent away in humiliation. Meanwhile Anne was at home in Nazareth when an angel came to her to say that a special child was coming. Anne hurried to Jerusalem and met her husband by the Golden Gate. Their union there foreshadowed the opening of the Gates of Heaven (The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Anne Catherine Emmerich. Note: everything from the Internet).