The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on September 8th. It is an occasion of great fanfare in many regions and churches as they celebrate the birth of “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1). The Blessed Virgin is celebrated for her purity, her humility, and her willingness to say “yes”; but today, on the Feast of her birth is a time to be joyous for her position alongside her Son as Queen of Heaven and of Earth.
Shown below are some images in churches across the world that depict Mary as royalty with regal robes and crowned – sometimes amidst gold ornamentation or decorated with colorful lights and flowers. In the images, you’ll see the backdrops of elaborate pillars and overhead diadems – in some, heavenly clouds or rays of grace surround the statue of Our Lady. Many figures are set atop the Earth as she reigns as Queen; or shown “with the moon under her feet” as described in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelations.
In these stately images, one can envision the majestic Mother in her heavenly place ready to intercede for the faithful.
“The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold. The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.” (Psalms 45:10)
One can imagine the exuberance communicated by the unborn St. John the Baptist in the womb of Mary’s sister Elizabeth at the Visitation:
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:41-44)
One can feel the joy of the expectant Mother as she expressed her happiness:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.” (Luke 1:46-49)
Try to sit before an image of the Blessed Mother today – to celebrate her birthday.
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