Thursday, September 8, 2016
This Thursday, September 8, the Church celebrates the birth of Mary. The first prophecy referring to Mary is found in the very opening chapters of the Book of Genesis (3:15).
Saint Anne or Anna is the mother of the Virgin Mary. According to non-canonical Gospel
of James, Anna and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child. Anna promised to dedicate
the child to God’s service. Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ.
The birth of Mary was miraculous. She was conceived without sin as a special grace because God had selected her to become the mother of His Son.
St. Augustine 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.”