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Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by chuka85(m): 5:03pm On Sep 08, 2018
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Happy born day to our Mother Mary, Most Gracious. We implore her to intercede on our behalf. May we live our lives following her exemplary footsteps. We ask this through CHRIST our LORD....AMENNNNNN
Happy birthday Mary, MOTHER OF THE MOST HIGH!

Today, many may no longer realize its connection with December 8 — nine months before September— when we celebrate the solemnity of Her Immaculate Conception.
Historically, however, Mary’s birthday was already being celebrated by the Church even before the dogma of Her Immaculate Conception was declared in 1854 by Pope Pius IX.
Her birthday was already a longstanding tradition in the Byzantine Church.
It was only in the 7th century that it found its way to the western church and incorporated into the Church’s liturgical calendar. The Byzantine Church celebrates September 8 as the beginning of their liturgical year.
The Catholic Church, however, places Mary’s Divine Maternity at the beginning of the fiscal year.
Both are meant to underline Her motherly solicitude over all Her children.
Normally, the Church celebrates the dies natalis or “birth into heaven” to remember the saint’s death or martyrdom.
There are only two exceptions where the saint’s birthdays are celebrated: our Lady and St. John the Baptist.
This is because their birthdays are so intimately associated with Jesus’ birth. St. John the Baptist, was born to announce the coming of our Lord, while our Lady was born to bear God in Her womb and give birth to Him.
If John the Baptizer was born to market the Good News, Mary was born to deliver the Good News!
Both were born as instruments of salvation for mankind, but only one was going to deliver the Savior to us.

This is the reason why Mary’s birthday holds a very important role for Her sons and daughters in the Church.
Her birthday was not only the beginning of Her life, but it also bore the new hope in the birth of the One who will give men their rebirth by becoming God’s children.
Although it is not contained in Scriptures, tradition holds that Mary’s parents — saints Joachim and Anne — were not fertile.
God, however, gifted them with Mary, who would become the Ark of the New Covenant.
Likewise, St. John the Baptist’s parents — Zachary and Elizabeth — seemed to share the same lot as Mary’s parents.

In their persevering prayer, however, they had a son.
John would be the last of the Prophets and would finally point to Christ as the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies.
The similarities between Mary and St. John’s births, I believe, are not a coincidence.
The fact that they are miraculously born of “infertile” parents seems to underline many wonderful truths about the value and purpose of life.
First, God is the author of life. He is the beginning and the end of all life.
We must therefore respect the natural origin, development and end of human life.
We must learn to trust and abandon ourselves to God’s providence.
Always for good reasons, He may allow some couples to be fertile and others to be infertile.
Second, every person who is born into this world has a very unique mission and is a blessing for humanity.
Although it is not given to everyone to have a special mission like our Lady or St. John, we each have something unique to offer before God.
We shouldn’t wait till we retire; we can start here and now, already offering ourselves to God and others in small but constant details of love and service.
Finally, because of the examples of our Lady and St. John, we are reminded that life is worth living and are spurred to live it fruitfully.
May Mary’s maternal presence in our life fill us with the joy and optimism, treasure our life-time of grace so that one day we may return it to God as a gift that has multiplied in its fruits.

Source: https://gistdeal..com/2018/09/birthday-of-virgin-mary-why-do.html

Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by marztar(m): 5:12pm On Sep 08, 2018
I hope I am not the only one hearing this for the first time..
Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by chiefolododo(m): 5:35pm On Sep 08, 2018
Haha

Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by LastDays777: 8:06pm On Sep 08, 2018
marztar:
I hope I am not the only one hearing this for the first time..

You re not alone
Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by DavidEsq(m): 10:12pm On Sep 08, 2018
Not a single scripture relied upon, give biblical support to this belief. Pls can anyone kindly read 2 Timothy 4:4?
Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by Andy2274: 12:15pm On Sep 09, 2018
DavidEsq:
Not a single scripture relied upon, give biblical support to this belief. Pls can anyone kindly read 2 Timothy 4:4?
. Enough of your 2 Timothy in all religious thread. Read Luke 1:28, 30, 42, 48. If God whom you call day and night honored a woman by sending an angel to her and made her to give birth to His only begotten son Jesus Christ who is the saviour of the world and whom you believe in, then who are you not to HONOUR Her. Most of you have never read Luke 1 because that is where the truth is. You prostrate before your mummy G.O but ignore the woman that gave birth to the Jesus Christ you preach about every day. As far as you agree that Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, you must respect her because nobody praises a son and insult the mother.
Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by DavidEsq(m): 1:20pm On Sep 09, 2018
Andy2274:
. Enough of your 2 Timothy in all religious thread. Read Luke 1:28, 30, 42, 48. If God whom you call day and night honored a woman by sending an angel to her and made her to give birth to His only begotten son Jesus Christ who is the saviour of the world and whom you believe in, then who are you not to HONOUR Her. Most of you have never read Luke 1 because that is where the truth is. You prostrate before your mummy G.O but ignore the woman that gave birth to the Jesus Christ you preach about every day. As far as you agree that Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, you must respect her because nobody praises a son and insult the mother.
Just read Luke 11:27-28 "Now as he was saying these things, a woman from the crowd called out to him: “Happy is the womb that carried you and the breasts that nursed you!”. But he said: “No, rather, happy are those hearing the word of God and keeping it!”.
Hebrews 5:14-15 says "For everyone who continues to feed on milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is a young child. But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong".
The first scripture cited tells us a principle that Jesus discouraged any opportunity to ascribe reverence to his mother, because he knew the dangers of encouraging such. He knew the tricks of the devil. That was why he set the standard, that it is not for us to give reverence to his mother (how much more, worship) but for us to hear and obey God's word. Now at Exodus 20:5, God's words are clear on who we shld worship.
The second scripture cited tells us that while there are clear and black and white laws of biblical do's and don'ts, there are also oda do's and don'ts which are contained in principles. The bible doesn't say in black and white, that ladies shld not wear show booby dresses, but the principle wr we can find this instruction on how ladies shld dress is in 1 Timothy 3:11, 1 Corinthians 8:13 and colossians 3:17.
I encourage u to think by the scriptures and not by stories.
Re: Birthday Of Virgin Mary: Why Do Catholics Celebrate It by Olifiz(m): 1:44pm On Sep 09, 2018
Jesus only told us as Christians to only celebrate he’s death. All these other ones added are not biblical n Jesus and God never commanded us as Christians to observe these things. Let’s not add or remove to our worship of God.

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