A Brief Reflection
Mary drew the promised Savior down from Heaven, the One who was to fill with benediction all the inhabitants of the earth. Truly, the day of Her birth is the day of salvation!
Today the Blessed Virgin Mary was born of the line of David. Through Her the salvation of the world was made visible to believers. Her glorious life gave light to the world. The Church prays today: Let us celebrate with joy and deep devotion the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she may intercede for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- When Mary was born She brought joy to the angels of Heaven as their long-expected Queen.
- When Mary was born She brought joy to the patriarchs, prophets, and all other holy souls in Limbo as the brightness of the aurora which was to usher in the Sun of Justice.
- When Mary was born She brought joy to all the children of men as the fairest among the daughters of Eve.
From The Mystical City of God by Venerable María de Jesús of Ágreda (1602-1665):[The Virgin Mary’s birth is compared to that of Moses and Noah]
“This was the birth, like to which none had been before, and the like of which cannot again happen in mere creatures. This was the most blessed birth of which nature was capable, for by it an infant came into existence, whose entrance into the world was not only free from all impurities of sin, but who was more pure and holy than the highest seraphim. The birth of Moses was celebrated on account of the beauty and handsomeness of the infant (Ex 2:2); all his beauty was only corruptible and apparent. But O how beautiful is our great child! O how beautiful (Cant 7:6)! She is entirely beautiful and most sweet in Her delights, since She is possessed of all grace and beauty, without being wanting in any.”
“When Noah was born, his father Lamech was consoled (Gen 5:29), because in that son, God had provided a progenitor of the human race in the ark and assured a restoration of the blessings, which the sins of men had forfeited. But all this happened merely as a type to foreshadow the birth of this child [Mary], who was to be the true Reparatrix, being the mystical ark which contained the new and true Noah and which drew Him down from Heaven, who was to fill with benediction all the inhabitants of the earth. O blessed birth! O joyful nativity! The most pleasing to the Blessed Trinity in all the ages of the past, the joy of the angels, the relief of sinners, the delight of the just, and the singular consolation of all the holy souls in limbo!”[Mystical City of God, Vol. 1, “The Conception,” No. 336]
Let us pray:
Mary, Most Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Mary, Full of Grace, pray for us.
Mary, Most Pleasing to God, pray for us.
Mary, All-Pure, All-Immaculate, Wholly Without Spot, pray for us.
Mary, All-Praiseworthy, All-Incorrupt, Wholly Most Blessed, pray for us.
Mary, All-Inviolate, All-Venerable, All-Honorable, pray for us.
Mary, Wholly to be Blessed, Praised, Honored, and Desired, pray for us.