September 8th is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, occurring exactly nine months after the celebration of Mary’s Immaculate Conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. On your earthly mother’s birthday, you likely celebrate in some way. How are you going to celebrate your Heavenly Mother’s birthday? Here are some ideas:
‘Call’ Her. If you aren’t able to see your Mother in person on her birthday, give her a call! One of the best ways you can talk to your Blessed Mother today is by praying the Holy Rosary. You could also read and reflect on her role in Holy Scripture, or sing some of the beautiful Marian hymns.
Get Her some flowers. A beautiful bouquet of roses for Our Lady is a great way to honor her on the celebration of her birthday. Place the flowers near a statue or image of the Mother of God in your home, or bring them to place near her statue in your local parish.
Visit Her. Are you blessed to live near a Marian shrine? How about a parish named after Our Blessed Mother? Even your nearest Catholic parish will have some stained glass window, painting, sculpture, or other depiction of Our Lady. Go to see her and spend a little time in her presence.
Have some cake! Celebrate this feast day with your family by sharing a special meal together, and finish it off with a yummy dessert or birthday cake!
When we celebrate these great feast days during the liturgical calendar with outward signs of celebration, it is easier for us to celebrate them internally as well. It can also be a wonderful way to teach children about the great love and devotion we have for our Heavenly Mother. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, loved His mother immensely, and we should honor her as well. We don’t ever want to forget our Mother on her birthday!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.