Today was the feast of the Nativity of Mary, and what a beautiful day it was!
While the boys were finishing up their school work this afternoon, the girls colored a picture of Mary from Fenestrae Fidei. I wasn't planning on taking any pictures, but I was amazed at how well they colored today -- ALL BY THEMSELVES!! I am sure our Blessed Mother is pleased with their loving efforts.
During dinner each night, my hubby reads from Saints for Young People for Every Day of the Year, and I thought I would take a second to share today's excerpt on the Nativity of Mary:
We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints. Instead we celebrate the day they died because that is the day they are born into the joys of Heaven.After dinner, it was time for cake! I had the made a recipe for a delicious Blueberry Cheesecake found in Ann Ball's book Catholic Traditions In The Home And Classroom. The all white cheesecake symbolizes Mary's purity, and the blueberry topping is symbolic of her blue mantle.
But the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother, is an exception. We do celebrate her birthday because she came into this world full of grace, and because she was to be the Mother of Jesus.
When Mary was born, legions of angels hastened from Heaven to surround her little crib and exclaim over her beauty and holiness. The birth of Our Lady was like the dawn. When the sky starts to turn a rosy pink early in the morning, we know the sun will soon come up. In the same way, when Mary was born, she brought great happiness to the world, for it meant that soon Jesus, the Sun of justice, would appear. Mary was the wonderful creature whose privilege it was to bring the Lord Jesus to all mankind.
Even today, if we have Mary, we have Jesus. Whoever is very devoted to her is very close to the Heart of Jesus.
Do we want to offer a gift to Mary on her birthday? What pleases her the most is that we avoid sin, every kind of sin, because sin offends her Son Jesus.
We topped the cake with a small statue of Mary and surrounded it with a circle of 10 candles, representing one decade of the rosary. We let the children take turns lighting the candles as we prayed a "Hail Mary" for each candle.
We then sang Happy Birthday and let the children blow out the candles!!!
My children LOVE this tradition. It was so much fun!
And the Cheesecake was pretty good too!
Mary, purest flower of earth,
Mary, gate of heaven,
Mary, who to nature's dearth
Mercy's fount hast given;
Mary, Queen of virtues rarest,
Mary, house with treasures stored,
Lead me to my King adored.
(Traditional Prayer found in Maiden & Mother)
Happy Birthday Dear Blessed Mother!