FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The birth of our salvation
In 431, bishops at the Council of Ephesus decreed Mary as Theotokos, a Greek word that means “God-bearer”—or, more commonly, “Mother of God.” Her birthday was celebrated at the beginning of the year—in Constantinople, the calendar began on September 1—because Mary’s birth is also the beginning of our salvation, through her son. “Be of good cheer,” wrote Saint Andrew of Crete, “this is the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin and of the renewal of the human race!” Honor Mary today by praying the Magnificat, also known as the “Ode of the Theotokos.”
Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 (636).
“From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old.”
Prepare the Word
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
Blessed Sacrament Church
11565 66th Ave. N.
Seminole, FL 33772