NOVENA FOR THE NATIVITY OF OUR LADY

Birthday of the BVM September 8
The following Novena is prayed from August 31 through September 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Novena was approved well before Vatican II: Nihil Obstat: Iacobus P. King, I.C.D. Censor Deputatus. Imprimatur: Bryan Iosephus McEntegart, D.D., LL.D. Episcopus Bruklyniensis
Day One: August 31
V. O God, come to my assistance 
R. O Lord, make haste to help me
Gloria Patri...
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.

Hail Mary...
Antiphon: Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thine arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.
V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray
Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

*This very ancient Feast was already Solemnised in the 7th-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 (8 September) served to fix that of the Feast of The Immaculate Conception on 8 December.
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.
Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Mass: Salve, sancta parens.
photo:The young Virgin Mary , with Saints Anne and Joachim

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