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The Nativity of Mary – Our Blessed Mother

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On September 8th the Church celebrates the feast of the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother.

Tradition tells us that Mary was the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. She was betrothed to and later married Joseph, a respected Jewish carpenter from Nazareth. Little is known of Mary’s life other than the references to her in the Gospels. She attended the wedding feast at Cana, was present at Jesus’ crucifixion, and was with the Apostles at the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

St. Andrew of Crete puts this feast day, celebrated since the 5th century, in perspective for us when he says: “[In the great play of salvation] today’s festival, the birth of the Mother of God, is the joyful prelude, while the final act is the union of the Word [of God] with human flesh.  Through Mary’s birth we are led away from slavery and toward the Truth. We…

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  1. Hello, Catholic Salmon! Beautiful icon and post. Thanks for reblogging and sharing it.

    AWARD ALERT: I’ve been setteling into a new role as catechetical directer at a new center for new evangelization in NY, so I have not been able to keep up with the blogging activities as much lately. We’ll be getting the ball rolling again very soon. In the meantime, here’s something I think you and your blog deserve: The Super Sweet Blogging Award. Please check out the post on Biltrix for details. God bless!

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  2. Good things come in twos… We would be most honored if you would like to accept yet another award: The Thought Provoking Blog Award

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