8 Sept – Nativity of Mary

nativity of mary smConsider what our prospects were before the birth not only of Our Lord, but from before the birth of His Mother, from whom He took our human nature, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today’s feast is older than the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which was precisely nine months ago. Holy Church, in celebrating liturgically her holy birth for a long time, ultimately reasoned back to Mary’s holy conception. As St. Thomas Aquinas argued,

“The Church celebrates the feast of our Lady’s Nativity. Now the Church does not celebrate feasts except of those who are holy. Therefore, even in her birth the Blessed Virgin was holy. Therefore, she was sanctified in the womb.” (STh III, q. 27, a. 1)

Lex Orandi Lex CredendiAs we worship, so do we believe. As we believe, so do we worship. Change our worship you change belief, and vice versa.

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

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, sprung from the seed of Abraham [and] from the tribe of Judah, from the line of David the king, from which was born the Son of God, made man of the Holy Ghost, that he might free men from the ancient slavery to sin.


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  1. TWF says:

    As it is an older feast than the IC, and as it is remains one of the “Great Feasts” in the East, I’ve often wondered why we modern Latins celebrate it as a mere feast (to use the OF terminology) and not as a solemnity. The nativity of St John is a solemnity.

  2. WmHesch says:

    Why is today’s Gospel the genealogy from Matthew (Joseph’s line) and not Luke (Our Blessed Mother’s line)?

    How strange that on Our Lady’s birthday (as well as the feast of her father St. Joachim) we read Joseph’s genealogy and not their own…

  3. BillyT92679 says:

    Great point about the East. HUGE feast in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, yet strangely muted here in the Latin Church. Because it isn’t a Feast of the Lord like Candlemas or Transfiguration or Triumph of the Cross, it doesn’t supersede Ordinary Time on Sundays unless it’s the patronal feast of a church or diocese.

  4. BillyT92679 says:

    And by the way since St John Lateran is the highest church in Christendom, that’s why it replaces the ordinary time Sunday when November 9 falls on a Sunday as we know. It’s only a Feast, not a Solemnity.

  5. Geoffrey says:

    I am guessing that in the West, we place more emphasis on the Conception of the Blessed Virgin, as opposed to her Nativity? Good pro-life message there, I suppose…

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  7. JViktor says:

    The two genealogies are both of St Joseph. Eusebius of Caesarea explains that the difference between them is due to a law in Israel that obliged the brother to marry the widowed wife if the other brother died childless. Matthew records the actual bloodline while Luke records the legal line.

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