Nativity of Mary

Here is the entry in the Roman Martyrology for today’s feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Translation follows:

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 sead 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.

Since it is the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, here is a shot of the relic of St. Anna, her mother.  She is in the center.  And her father, St. Joachim, who is at the top.

And as I promised in another thread, I remembered you recent donors to the blog at Holy Mass today! 

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  1. dcs says:

    I assume St. Anne’s relics come from Apt.

    But where were St. Joachim’s relics found?

  2. Anon says:

    The Canons Regular of St John Cantius in Chicago ( celebrated the Nativity of the B.V.M with a Tridentine Latin High Mass. After Mass the traditional Blessing of Seeds was given from the Rituale Romanum 1962. The Canons also celebrated today the 100th anniversary of “Pascendi,” the encyclical of Pius X condemning Modernism, the heresy of all heresies. They lead the faithful in renewing their devotion to Our Lady and to the Church by professing the “Oath against Modernism” of Pope St Pius X.

  3. Syriacus says:

    WOW! At the Stephansdom in Vienna they’re singing the „Mariazeller Messe” of Haydn!

    (…Just pity for the Eucharistic liturgy in German -prex III, moreover- , ‘stealth-altar-girls’ -torchbearer in cassock&surplice, and some other ‘minor’ details…)

    Now the schola gregoriana is singing (the Communio I think) : a famous Vatican commenter (in fact, the head of the Vatican-Italian broadcast service!) of the Italian RAI is meanwhile chatting over it with some excellency (à la Foley) or some Professor (Riccardi?)about Austrian domestic Church issues, totally spoiling that golden piece of Latin chant…

    It seems like (the spirit of) Summorum Pontificum is NOT being ‘implemented’at all in the Italian State television…

    Wait! Now they even interrupted the broadcast of the Mass (with ongoing communion, accompanied by the schola meanwhile chanting the verses of the psalm) to air an interview with cardinal Schoenborn! …And now, they are back in Stephansdom, with the chant spoiled by their endless chatting…!!!!


  4. Aussie Paul says:

    Father Z,

    It is an important day for feasting and celebrating today and not only because it is Our Blessed Mother’s birthday!

    It is the 100th anniversary of the release in 1907 by Pope St Pius X of his encyclical letter, Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On the Doctrines of the Modernists).

    I suppose it is no coincidence that this great Pope chose 8 September to release the Encyclical since he says at its conclusion, “… may the Immaculate Virgin, the destroyer of all heresies, be with you by her prayers and aid.”

    We have had the benefit in recent years of calling to mind many papal encyclicals and other important Church documents from the last 100 years or so when our Shepherds have proposed the celebration of various anniversaries of their release. However, unless I am fortuitously wrong and have missed something, there has not been a peep from anywhere, at least officially, about this most important anniversary.

    I am of the opinion that this encyclical should be ranked at the very top of the list of acts of the Sacred Magisterium in recent centuries. Its impact was enormous. It was a great gift from God and, as the saint said at its conclusion in giving his Apostolic Benediction, it was a “… Divine solace in adversity.” It still is today. As we continue the same battles against the enemy within the gate, no encyclical could equal this one for its continuing relevance and importance in the life of the Church stretching over 100 years. A reading of it today makes one imagine it could (or should) have been written only last week!

    I would propose that no better birthday gift could be offered today to “the destroyer of all heresies” than a family gathering and reading, out loud, of the encyclical. It will be worth the time spent and will do great honour and give fitting praise to the Holy Ghost for his inspiration given to our Holy Shepherd 100 years ago. It will also honour that mighty saint and Our Blessed Mother.

    I think we should all be familiar with every paragraph of the Encyclical, as Pope St Pius X himself wrote, “… so that in the midst of this great danger to souls from the insidious invasions of error upon every hand, you may see clearly what ought to be done, and labour to do it with all your strength and courage.”

    So, let us begin again today.

    If you don’t have a hard copy of the Encyclical, you will find it at:

  5. Eric G. says:

    What means do we have of knowing that these are REALLY the relics of Saints Anne and Joachim? Doesn’t one have to have an accurate “paper trail” before they can be presented as such?

    It’s one thing to purport to have the bones of a more recent saint, when the relic can actually be traced to acquisition from an actual tomb, but it just seems to me that things like this just give fodder for unbelievers to make fun of us.


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