Friday, 8 September 2017

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Image result for mary mother of jesusAfter these things, her nine months being fulfilled, Anna
brought forth a daughter, and called her Mary. And having weaned her in her third year, Joachim, and Anna his wife, went together to the temple of the Lord to offer sacrifices to God, and placed the infant, Mary by name, in the community of virgins, in which the virgins remained day and night
praising God. And when she was put down before the doors of the temple, she went up the fifteen steps so swiftly, that she did not look back at all; nor did she, as children are wont to do, seek for her parents.
Whereupon her parents, each of them anxiously seeking for the child, were both alike astonished, until they found her in the temple, and the priests of the temple themselves wondered. [a] 

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
who stooped to raise fallen humanity
through the child-bearing of blessed Mary:
grant that we, who have seen your glory
revealed in our human nature
and your love made perfect in our weakness,
may daily be renewed in your image
and conformed to the pattern of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Further Reading

http://www.theworkofgod.org/Library/catholic/nativity_of_mary.htm
The Protoevangelium of James

Sources

[a] Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

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