Today is not my mother’s birthday, not the mother who gave me birth. Her birthday is September 26, and I haven’t been able to celebrate that day with her for the past 27 years, since her unexpected death in 1991.
However, I do get to celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our God, Jesus Christ. Each September 8 the Roman Church, as well as many Anglicans, celebrate the birth of Mary, nine months following the Immaculate Conception on December 8. The Church has been celebrating Mary’s birth since the sixth century. The Church only celebrates the births of three people: Jesus on December 25, Mary on September 8, and John the Baptist on June 24.
The “Saint of the Day” website from Franciscan Media for this day refers to St. Augustine:
Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.”
In honor our blessed Mother’s birthday, let us pray the words of the Collect from today’s Mass.
Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Happy birthday Blessed Mother! Pray for us!