Friday, September 08, 2006

Happy Birthday, Mary!

All are welcome to join us for:
1) Adoration tonight (9/8), 7 pm, SAA Church.
2) New 6 pm Sunday night Mass, starting this Sunday (9/10).
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Today is the feast day of the Birth of the Virgin Mary. Happy Birthday, Mary! It's cool to see the way the Roman calendar is laid out: September 8 is exactly nine months after December 8 which is the feast of Mary's conception (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's Conception). Here is some excerpts from a good write-up online about today's feast day. (To see the full text, go to:
http://www.catholicculture.org/lit/calendar/day.cfm?date=2005-09-08)

"On Our Lady's birthday the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Savior's mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as "Cause of our joy", one of the most beautiful titles in her litany...

"Mary was born to be the mother of the Savior of the world, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest of God's creatures. Because of her Son's infinite merits, she was conceived and born immaculate and full of grace. Through her, Queen of heaven and of earth, all grace is given to men. Through her, by the will of the Trinity, the unbelieving receive the gift of faith; the afflicted are tendered the works of mercy; and the members of Christ grow in likeness of their Head...

"In Mary all human nature is exalted. We rejoice in her birthday, as the Church has done from the earliest times. This is one of the three birthdays in the Church Calendar — the Birth of Jesus (December 25), the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24) and the Birthday of Mary. All three were born without original sin, although Mary and Jesus were conceived without sin, and St. John was cleansed of original sin while in the womb at the Visitation of Mary...

"Since September 8 marks the end of summer and beginning of fall, this day has many thanksgiving celebrations and customs attached to it. In the Old Roman Ritual there is a blessing of the summer harvest and fall planting seeds for this day. The winegrowers in France called this feast "Our Lady of the Grape Harvest". The best grapes are brought to the local church to be blessed and then some bunches are attached to hands of the statue of Mary. A festive meal which includes the new grapes is part of this day.

"In the Alps section of Austria this day is "Drive-Down Day" during which the cattle and sheep are led from their summer pastures in the slopes and brought to their winter quarters in the valleys. This was usually a large caravan, with all the finery, decorations, and festivity. In some parts of Austria, milk from this day and all the leftover food are given to the poor in honor of Our Lady’s Nativity."

6 Comments:

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Searching For Holiness said...

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At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that the Blessed Mother was born without sin and a Virgin of virgins as the Church taught us. I am sure the Blessed Mother is our mother too, and from my own experience, she has come to my rescue numerous times in my life. My problem is when I talk with my Protestant friends, they said that Mary had other children beside Jesus, according to Mat. 13:55-57. Please explain.

 
At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't James Jesus' biological brother?

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Searching For Holiness said...

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At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matthew 13:55-57: the primary language of Jesus' time was ARAMAIC. Aramaic was a very simplistic languange in which one word like "brothers" could mean cousins, aunts, grandmas and so on. In the Greek translation of the bible, the aramaic word for "extended family" became brothers. If we go back to what Jesus' to the fact that Jesus spoke in Aramaic, the aramaic term in this situation simply meant extended family. FATHER GREG is truly the expert and he might need to add some details or corrections, but this is what I have studied in Catholic Apologetics.

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Fr Greg said...

I agree with what the last Anon wrote, and the Church interprets "brother" primarily to mean "cousin" from this passage in Matthew. I will write more about this in a post very soon.

 

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