Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemn Mass tonight in Manhattan)

Today, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of only three births we celebrate during the Church year, the other two being that of the Our Lord Himself, and then the birth of the Lord’s Precursor, the greatest man of woman born, St. John the Baptist, whose original sin was forgiven before his birth but, of course, after his miraculous conception. 

Today there will be a Solemn Mass (Extraordinary Form) at 6 PM at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan (on 37th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue). 

If you are in the area, please come assist at Holy Mass!  The undersigned is scheduled to be celebrant of the Mass.

Moreover, here is the entry in the 2005 Roman Martyrology for today’s feast.  Translation follows but in light lettering:

Festum Nativitatis beatae Mariae Virginis, ex semine Abrahae, de tribu Iuda ortae, ex progenie regis David, e qua Filius Dei natus est, factus homo de Spiritu Sancto, ut homines vetusta servitute peccati liberaret.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Judah, from the line of King David, from whom the Son of God was born, made man by the Holy Spirit, so that men might be freed from the age old servitude of sin.

Have a try at the Latin!

Since it is the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, here is a shot of the relic I have of St. Anna, Mary’s mother (our grandmother in the faith, as it were).  She is in the center.  And Mary’s father, St. Joachim, is at the top.

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14 Responses to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemn Mass tonight in Manhattan)

  1. nzcatholic says:

    Father, what are the relics of St Anna, are they peices of bone or something else?
    The only relic I have is of Padre Pio and its a third class one, anyone can get that at a religious shop.
    God Bless and Happy Birthday Semper Virgo Maria

  2. lucy says:

    Whoa….St. John the Baptist’s orginal sin was forgiven before his birth ? He was born without Original Sin ? I did not know that….can you explain that further ?

  3. czemike says:

    Great website they have too: http://www.innocents.com/

  4. doanli says:

    Lucy,

    I believe John the Baptist was sanctified in the womb when the Blessed Mother, carrying Christ in her own womb, visited St Elizabeth, John’s mother. (The part in the Gospel where Elizabeth said the child in her womb ‘leapt for joy’ when Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice.)

    Correct me anyone if I’m wrong.

  5. HighMass says:

    So Glad to hear that Holy Mass in the Extra-Ordinary Form is being celebrated, Asked if we could sing a hymn to Mary for the closing of Mass, and was told no.

  6. MJ says:

    Beautiful relics!

    Doanil, you’re correct.

  7. Animadversor says:

    The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Judah [and] from the descendents of David the king, of Whom the Son of God was born, having been made Man of the Holy Ghost, that He might free men from [their] age-old slavery to sin.

  8. Francisco Cojuanco says:

    Festum Nativitatis beatae Mariae Virginis, ex semine Abrahae, de tribu Iuda ortae, ex progenie regis David, e qua Filius Dei natus est, factus homo de Spiritu Sancto, ut homines vetusta servitute peccati liberaret.

    The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the seed of Abraham, from the place of the tribe of Judah, of the progeny of King David, from whom the Son of God was born, made man by the Holy Spirit, to save mankind from the old slavery of sin.

    That’s my rather amateurish translation.

  9. JonM says:

    It’s a shame I couldn’t make it up to the New York area as I had planned. Hopefully one of these days our paths will cross!

    I didn’t know today we celebrate Mary’s birth.

    As always Father I offer you my humble prayers.

  10. papaefidelis says:

    Correction to the “shadow translation” included with the text: liberaret is active, not passive. Thus, “so that He might free men…”

  11. pfreddys says:

    It may seem very silly of me…but every September 8th I privately sing the ususal “Happy Birthday” to our Mother.

  12. The Mass tonight was lovely.

    I spoke about life, miracles, from bareness.

  13. PaterAugustinus says:

    I love this Feast… I came to my monastery as a postulant just a few days before this Feast, and it is my first memory of a festive Liturgy in the Temple, where I was baptized!

    I also love the feast, because I’m so connected to both the Eastern and Western patrimonies of the Church, and this is one of a few Feasts, where the Eastern Rite’s troparion and the Western Rite’s Gospel Antiphon (for Vespers of the Feast) are actually the same hymn. In the Latin Church, the antiphon is set to a lovely melody in the 1st tone, and I really love its text:

    Nativitas Tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo, gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo. Ex Te enim ortus est Sol Iustitiae, Christus Deus noster; Qui solvens maledictionem, dedit benedictionem, et confundens mortem, donavit nobis vitam sempiternam.

    “Thy Birth, o Virgin Theotokos, hath heralded joy unto the whole world; for of Thee is arisen the Son of Justice, Christ our God – Who, abolishing the the malediction, hath given benediction, and confounding death, hath bestowed upon us life everlasting.”

  14. irishgirl says:

    PaterAugustinus-what a beautiful translation!