Happy Birthday Mary!

It is typical in the Church to celebrate a saint's death-day instead of the saint's birthday, for "the Church always argued that it was premature to celebrate a birthday because of the rest of the life of the person born on that day was subject to such ambiguity" (Pope Benedict XVI).  (I did not know this!)  The birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an exquisite exception since "her soul was the space from which God was able to gain access into humanity" (Pope Benedict XVI).  "Today God welcomes on earth the holy throne which he had prepared for himself.  He who established the heavens in wisdom has fashioned a living heaven" (Byzantine Liturgy).


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