The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8th


This very ancient feast was already solemnized in the seventh century, and Pope Innocent IV, to fulfil the vow made by the Cardinals before the election of his predecessor, gave it an Octave at the first Council of Lyons in 1245. This date (September 8) served to fix that of the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Mary is inseparable from Jesus in the divine plan, wherefore the Liturgy applies to her what Holy Scripture says of the eternal Wisdom which is the Word “by whom all was made”. Like Christ, the Virgin presides over the whole work of creation, for having been chosen of all eternity to give us the Saviour, it is she, with her Son, whom God had chiefly in view when He created the world.

Antiphon at the Magnificat:

Nativitas tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo, gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo: ex te enim ortus est Sol justitiae, Christus Deus noster: qui solvens maledictionem, dedit benedictionem, et confundens mortem, donavit nobis vitam sempiternam.

Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.



Introit: (Ps. xliv. 2)

Salve, sancta parens, enixa puerpera regem: qui caelum terramque regit in saecula saeculorum. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum : dico ego opera mea Regi.

Hail, holy Mother! giving birth to thy Child, thou didst bring forth the King, who ruleth the heavens and the earth for ever and ever. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word : I speak my works to the King.


Famulis tuis, quaesumus, Domine, caelestis gratiae munus impertire: ut, quibus beatae Virginis partus exstitit salutis exordium; Nativitatis ejus votiva solemnitas, pacis tribuat incrementum.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, grant to Thy servants the gift of Thy heavenly grace; that as the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, so the joyful festival of her Nativity may bring us an increase of peace.

Epistle: (Wisdom viii. 22-35)

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived; neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out; the mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth; He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when with a certain law and compass He enclosed the depths; when He established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters; when He compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits; when He balanced the foundations of the earth; I was with Him forming all things, and was delighted every day, playing before Him at all times, playing in the world: and my delight is to be with the children of men. Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.


O Virgin Mary, blessed and venerable art thou: without blemish to thy maidenhood, thou didst become the Mother of the Saviour. O Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world availeth not to contain, being made man, shut Himself up within thy womb. Alleluia, alleluia. v. Happy indeed art thou, O sacred Virgin, and most worthy of all high praise: for out of thee hath risen the sun of justice, Christ who is our God. Alleluia.

Gospel: (Matthew i. 1-16)

(Source: The Saint Andrew Daily Missal)


“The works of her, who was to be the Mother of the God-man, were altogether and in every way most perfect, and even to understand them exceeds the capacity of all human creatures and of the angels. Her interior acts of the virtues were so precious and of such great merit and favour, that they surpass all that the seraphim can do . . . During thy pilgrimage in thy mortal body place most holy Mary as the beginning of thy joy, and follow her through the desert of renunciation and abnegation of all that is human and visible. Follow her by a perfect imitation according to the measure of thy strength and of the light which thou receivest. Let her be thy guiding star and thy Directress: she will manifest to thee God’s Will and will let thee find His holy law which is written in her by the power of God’s right hand: meditate upon it day and night.” – Ven. Mary of Agreda

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12 Responses to The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8th

  1. To replace this mass, especially the epistle and gospel, with the Novus Ordo mass – what were they thinking?

  2. Roger says:

    Thank You
    Mary is inseparable from Jesus in the divine plan, wherefore the Liturgy applies to her what Holy Scripture says of the eternal Wisdom which is the Word “by whom all was made”. Like Christ, the Virgin presides over the whole work of creation, for having been chosen of all eternity to give us the Saviour, it is she, with her Son, whom God had chiefly in view when He created the world.

  3. John says:

    We need to move with the times. Tempora mutantur et nos in illis mutamur. That was what Vatican II was all about, not sticking with old out of date liturgies.

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Oh Johnny, I love you so. You’re not handsome it’s true, but when I look at you…

  5. John says:


    Thank you for the commendation and for the lovely song. I am old enough to remember when it was blared out on radio.
    On the main issue. people hanker after the past. They want the old ritual and language, by implication at least denying that the new forms are valid. They want the Latin Mass but how many could now recite from memory the opening say twenty lines of the Latin Mass ‘ Introibo ad altare Dei… ? But yet they must have it, whether or not known or understood Strange.

  6. kathleen says:

    Most people nowadays who attend the Traditional Latin Mass, never grew up at a time when it was the only Holy Mass available to Catholics. They have known nothing other than the post-V2 Novus Ordo Mass. Yet once they discover the TLM, it bowls them over with its transcendent beauty, holiness, majesty and God-centredness, so different to most of the NOMs they have known. Those who seek the Sensus Catholicus in the Mass, find it all contained in the TLM. Young people love it; you will find 10 to 15 thousand (no exaggeration) of them on the Chartres pilgrimage praying devoutly at the TLM.

    Sometimes its mystery and unfamiliar Latin texts might seem a little strange to a newcomer, but there are missals available to help follow the lovely Latin liturgy (with the English translation beside it). The Epistle, Gospel, homily are always in the vernacular anyway, and sometimes the Leonine prayers too. The TLM soon grows on him/her to be loved and appreciated as “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven”* and thereafter sought whenever possible.

    And there’s the sad reality; it is often not available everywhere, much though as our hearts would desire, and to find a Church where it is celebrated is not always easy – at least it is very scarce in my neck of the woods!


  7. John says:

    If the Traditional Latin Mass is so spiritually uplifting why would people want an English translation beside the text ? What would be the value of such a Mass in Latin if they needed an English translation in any event ?

  8. johnhenrycn says:

    “…why would people want an English translation beside the text…”

    Such a silly question. Because they want to learn what the Latin parts of the Mass mean. Once they absorb that knowledge, they can leave their Latin/English Missals at home and concentrate on the magnificence, the majesty of an ancient revered tongue. I no longer need an English Missal to recite any of the standard responses and prayers. I had to memorize them with the assistance of a Missal, but having done so, I can now concentrate on their beauty. I am even able to understand what Novus Ordo priests are saying whether they speak in Latin, Italian, French or Klingon, because I am now well acquainted with the ordinary service.

  9. Toad says:

    When I was nobbut a tiny toadpole, I asked Father Doyle at our school why the Mass was in Latin.
    “So that, wherever you are in the world, you will be able to hear Mass, confident in the fact that you won’t be able to understand a word of it,” he replied. For myself, I’m fonder of Mass in the vernacular, providing it’s in a foreign language, of course.

  10. John says:


    Not such a silly question. In most of my young adult life the Mass was said in Latin but very many people simply said the Rosary during Mass and were encouraged to do so, specifically by priests who recommended the practice. What kind of participation was that ?
    Some brought their missals with English translations adjoining the Latin texts. Again, a disconnection from the Latin language of the Mass. Hence the change introduced by Vatican II

    For English speaking people who did not learn Latin in school the Traditional Latin Mass to-day might as well be said in Chinese. Why inflict that on them ?

    Like you, I can as easily say prayers in Latin as in English but Latin is not, as in our time, taught in most schools any longer. The shift understandably is to modern European languages.

  11. johnhenrycn says:

    John Kehoe says: “Like you, I can as easily say prayers in Latin as in English…

    I never said that I could easily say prayers in Latin. What I said was: understanding what’s happening at Mass, either in Latin, French, Italian or Klingon, is the key thing. There are foreigners at NO Mass without any knowledge of English, who nevertheless know exactly what is happening. Once the TLM becomes more prevalent, people will learn what the priest is saying and doing; and they will revel in the experience. Now, of course there will be some who do not care to learn and who will fall away, if they have not already. I don’t care about them, rhetorically speaking.

  12. John says:

    johnhenrycn @ 22.07

    I appreciate what you say. I got more than my fill of Latin including Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Cicero et al in Catholic high school/boarding school pre Vatican ii . The school was attached to a major seminary with which we shared Church services and had priest-teachers. It had its own private chapel with choir stalls.organ music,plain chant, Mass in Latin,. Benediction etc.

    Although understanding Latin, and doing well in Latin examinations, I never felt that Latin Church services or the Latin Mass enhanced the spiritual value of these practices.
    For those who did not study Latin is it not better that they have the Mass in the language they understand rather than in a language they did not learn and do not understand ? Latin is overrated and could become a fetish. For the effort and time involved in learning it in my view the game is not worth the candle.

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