Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.
The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Feast Day 8 September.
Double of the Second-Class
with a Simple Octave.
Birth of The Virgin.
Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682).
Current location: Louvre Museum, Paris, France.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
This very ancient Feast was already Solemnised in the 7th-Century, and Pope Innocent IV, to fulfil the Vow made by the Cardinals before the election of his predecessor, gave it an Octave at the First Council of Lyons in 1245.
This date (8 September) served to fix that of the Feast of The Immaculate Conception on 8 December.
Mary is inseparable from Jesus in the Divine Plan, wherefore the Liturgy applies to her what Holy Scripture says of the Eternal Wisdom, which is The Word "by Whom all was made".
Like Christ, The Virgin presides over the whole work of creation, for having been chosen of all Eternity to give us The Saviour, it is she, with her Son, whom God had chiefly in view when He created the world.
Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Mass: Salve, sancta parens.
Commemoration: Saint Adrian.
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