Friday, September 08, 2017

September 12 - Feast of the Holy Name of Mary

Cum iucunditate Nativitatem beatæ Mariæ celebremus, ut ipsa pro nobis intercedat ad Dominum Iesum Christum.

Dearly beloved, the day of the blessed and ever venerable Virgin Mary so long desired, is here.  Let our land rejoice in the greatest exultation.  Let it shine in the light of the birth of such a virgin.  For  she is the flower of the field, from her bloomed the precious lily of the valley.  Through her birth the nature inherited from our  first  parents is changed. Their sin is blotted out. That unhappy curse of Eve in which it was said:  "In sorrow you shall bring forth children," is, in the case of Mary, ended, for she bore the Lord in joy.
-- II Nocturn, lectio iv, - St Augustine, Bishop