Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Birth of the Virgin Mary

“The day of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a day of universal joy, because through the Mother of God, the entire human race was renewed, and the sorrow of the first mother, Eve, was transformed into joy.”

St. John Damascene


Saint Anselm’s Prayer
in Honor of Mary’s Nativity

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin;
give me strength against thine enemies,
and against the enemy of the whole human race.
Give me strength humbly to pray to thee.
Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers,
through the merits of thy most sacred nativity,
which for the entire Christian world was a birth of joy,
the hope and solace of its life.

When thou wast born,
O most holy Virgin,
then was the world made light.

Happy is thy stock, holy thy root,
and blessed thy fruit,
for thou alone as a virgin,
filled with the Holy Spirit,
didst merit to conceive thy God,
as a virgin to bear Thy God,
as a virgin to bring Him forth,
and after His birth to remain a virgin.

Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner,
and give me aid, O Lady,
so that just as thy nativity,
glorious from the seed of Abraham,
sprung from the tribe of Juda,
illustrious from the stock of David,
didst announce joy to the entire world,
so may it fill me with true joy
and cleanse me from every sin.

Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent,
that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity
may put a cloak over all my sins.

O holy Mother of God,
flowering as the lily,
pray to thy sweet Son for me,
a wretched sinner.

Amen.

Grandparents Day

[public domain]

Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, by Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter, 1700

A Prayer for Grandparents 

Dear St. Ann, you were truly twice blessed
to have our blessed Mother as your daughter
and Jesus our Savior as your Grandson.
I know that every period of our lives
has its responsibilities as well as its joys.
Today, it seems that grandparents
have either too little use or too much;
either we are shunted aside to do nothing,
or we are called upon to do everything.
Help me to know just where my duties lie
in my particular situation
and to carry them out as best I can.
Take care of my family, my children, and their children.
Inspire them all to follow your Grandson
and lead truly Christian lives.
Keep all of us in your loving care,
never let us turn away from Jesus,
and help us in the end to receive the joy
of entering into your Grandsons’ glorious presence forever.
Good St. Ann, pray for us grandparents.
Amen

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Prayer of Pope Pius IX
Re: Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave us your Mother Mary,
whose renowned image we venerate,
to be a Mother ever ready to help us;
grant we beseech You,
that we who constantly implore her motherly aid,
may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of Your redemption,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.