The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8th, nine months after the Immaculate Conception. The story of Mary's birth comes from the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel dated around 150 A.D. From this gospel we learn the names of the Blessed Virgin's parents, St. Ann and Joachim. They were an aging childless couple praying for a child, very similar to Elizabeth and Zacharius.
Mary's birth was miraculous, as she was conceived without sin (The Immaculate Conception), an exclusive grace God bestowed upon her to become the mother of His Son.
The Church only observes the birthday of two saints: St. John the Baptist (June 24) and Mary, Mother of God. They both have an important and necessary role in our salvation connected to our Savior, Jesus coming into this world.
As we Christians commemorate the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, may we celebrate and protect all new life from conception on and give honor and thanks to the Mother of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Today is the perfect day to offer a rosary to our Mother as a birthday present!
* Feast Day Sept 8