“Who is this arising like the dawn, fair as the moon, resplendent as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?” (Song of Songs 6:10)
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century, when an Eastern Christian by the name of St. Romanos composed a hymn for the feast. The feast spread to Rome in the seventh century and then gradually its celebration spread throughout the West.
The traditional 8th September date of the feast, falls exactly nine months after the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception on 8th December. The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an important date in our salvation history, preparing for us the way for the Birth of Christ.
The Christians of the second century A.D. recorded the details of Mary’s birth in such documents as the Protoevangelium of James and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary. While neither document bears the authority of Scripture, they provide us with everything that we know about the life of Mary before the Annunciation, including the names of Saint Mary’s parents, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. It’s a good example of Tradition, which complements (while never contradicting) Scripture.
“From day to day, from moment to moment, she increased so much this twofold plenitude that she attained an immense and inconceivable degree of grace. So much so, that the Almighty made her the sole custodian of his treasures and the sole dispenser of his graces. She can now ennoble, exalt and enrich all she chooses. She can lead them along the narrow path to heaven and guide them through the narrow gate to life. She can give a royal throne, sceptre and crown to whom she wishes. Jesus is always and everywhere the fruit and Son of Mary and Mary is everywhere the genuine tree that bears that Fruit of life, the true Mother who bears that Son.” – Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
Prayer for Our Lady’s Nativity:
“Heavenly Child, lovable Mary, the Eternal Father delights in thy birth, for He beholds in thy coming into this world one of His creatures who is so perfect that she will become the worthy Mother of His Divine Son. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the heavenly Father, the pardon of my sins, and an abiding sorrow for them.”
Finally, here is a beautiful rendering of Schubert’s “Ave Maria”: