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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Not much information about Mary’s birthday is known. The Church teaches that she was conceived without sin as the Immaculate Conception. We know that her parents were Anne and Joachim, whose feast we celebrate at the end of July.

How did families celebrate birthdays before the common era? In the Jewish tradition, a child was a blessing. But to have one so special was even more so. Perhaps Anne would have invited the family to gather for Mary’s birthday, and she may have prepared Mary’s favorite foods. Joachim may have prepared a special blessing prayer for his daughter. I don’t think there would have been decorations, cards, cake, gifts, or the singing of “Happy Birthday.”

I can imagine the celebration might have focused more on the goodness of God. We know that Mary’s destiny would be revealed through the message of an angel. We know that her gracious response would allow the Son of God to be born among us. It is good for us to take a moment today to celebrate Mary’s birth in a simple way, and with a prayer of thanksgiving for her example and generosity.


Let us pray:

Mary, we have been blessed by your presence in our lives.

Your fiat gives witness to your willingness to serve God’s invitation.

May we be willing to discern God’s desire for us and to

serve Jesus as you did as the first disciple.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women and 

blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death. 


Pat Carter, CSJ is a disciple, a teacher, and an advocate for the poor. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph for more than half of her life and loves to use words to inspire faith and laughter. She is a cantor at her parish of St. Jerome’s in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.


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