Tuesday, 8 September 2015

8th September – Nativity of Mary

The Nativity of Mary, or Birth of the Virgin Mary, refers to the traditional birthday of Mary. The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. Few days mark the commemoration of a birth, the exceptions are those of Mary and of John the Baptist. The earliest known account of Mary's birth is found in an apocryphal text from the late second century, with her parents named as Anne and Joachim. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. Augustine connects Mary's birth with Jesus' saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. "She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed."

Winegrowers in France call this feast "Our Lady of the Grape Harvest". The best grapes are brought to the local church to be blessed and then bunches are attached to hands of a statue of Mary. 

Mary, patron of ...... chefs, coffee house keepers,  distillers,  drapers,  fishmongers,  goldsmiths,  pin makers,  potters,  restauranteurs,  silk workers,  silversmiths &  tile makers