Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Shalom, Y’All:

Welcome to the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which falls this year on Tuesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time.

A picture of the entrance to the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem…considered to be the birthplace of Mary…and a picture of the statue of St. Anne and Blessed Mary in that same Church in Jerusalem are pictured below.  I am really going to miss seeing that Church and all the other holy sites next year, as I had to cancel our 2021 pilgrimage to the Holy Land a few months back.  Bummer!

Church of St Anne - Jerusalem

As for today, yours truly is the celebrant and homilist for our Liturgy of the Word today, and here is the link to the readings: Click Here for The Readings for Today.

You can watch our Liturgy of the Word video if you go to our webpage (the link is above) and then click on the STA Facebook link at the top of the page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can go to our Facebook page without going through the website.

Boy…am I ready for the cool weather coming soon.  As you will see if you watch the video, I decided to do the Liturgy of the Word from the Children’s Garden in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother.  Man was it hot.  Ugh.

Today we celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary…God’s gift to the world of the perfect vessel to give birth to His only Son to bring salvation to the world.

The gift of the Blessed Mother and her birth into this world to be the mother of our Lord and our salvation: thank you loving God our Father.

As a convert who was taught that Catholics worship Mary and the saints, I can honestly say that it was such a beautiful revelation to come to the fullness of truth as to what the Catholic Church truly teaches.

We don’t worship her, but as our Blessed Mother we seek her intercession because we know how much she loves us.  Who better to ask to pray for us than the mother of our Lord?  She is our loving intercessor in heaven.

At the end of the Liturgy of the Word we will have…as one might expect…the beautiful presentation of Ave Maria which was gifted to us at the Mother’s Day Mass this year.

I do hope that you are blessed by the message, the video, and the song today, and I hope you stay blessed and stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken