BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On Sept. 8, Monday, the Catholic Church celebrated the birth of Mary, Jesus’ Mother.  No one knows exactly when Mary was born, they picked Sept. 8. Pope Benedict XVI explained that on Mary’s birth, “God welcomes on earth the holy throne which he had prepared for himself. He who established the heavens in wisdom has fashioned a living heaven.” 

When the most holy Virgin was born, the whole world was made radiant; blessed is the branch and blessed the stem which bore such holy fruit. (Liturgy of the Hours)  In Mary, daughter of the House of David, the stump of Jess buds forth the beginning of salvation, for she who is the stem bears for all peoples the fruit that gives everlasting life, Christ the Lord. (Magnificat)

From Isaiah 11:1-3. A SHOOT SHALL SPROUT FROM the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.

PRAYER:  O GOD, YOU gave life to the world through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of the Blessed Virgin for whose birth we give thanks this day.  Grant us, we beseech you, the grace to honor with our lives the Savior whom she bore, Christ our Lord. Amen.

NOTE:  Tomorrow night, I will explain why Catholics honor and venerate Mary, and why that is based on scripture.  We do not worship her, worship is reserved for the Lord alone. 

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