From The Pastor's Desk,
My Dear Parishioners,
Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus!
When we celebrate birthdays, we celebrate the gift of life that God has bestowed upon each one of us. Just as we thank God for giving us life and our friends, we should also take the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ gift of His mother to us, by honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary on her birthday, September 8.
Here are few of my ideas to remember and commemorate the birthday of our Blessed Mother :
Firstly, have a special birthday celebration: Mary’s birthday is a special day to celebrate, because without her and her willingness to serve God, salvation history would have taken a very different turn. The best gift that you and I can give the Blessed Mother on her birthday is our devotion to Jesus and our willingness to serve God. Make a spiritual bouquet card, offering up our prayers and sacrifices in honor of the Blessed Mother’s intentions.
Secondly, celebrate with the Rosary: There are many instances in our lives when we can say ‘yes’ to God on a daily basis, just as Mary did. Another way to honor Mary on her birthday and ask for her help in always saying ‘yes’ to God, is to recite the Rosary - her favorite prayer. You can choose to say one decade or one mystery of the Rosary, but remember that all 20 decades and four mysteries tell the story of salvation. Pray for Mary’s intercession in ending any form of threats to life. Without heavenly assistance, we cannot hope to win the fight for life, in our country or anywhere in the world. Celebrating birthdays is a special way to remind ourselves that life is precious and deserves utmost respect and dignity.
Thirdly, pray the Litany : Over the centuries, Mary has been called upon for her help and intercession in times of trouble. One of the oldest traditions in asking for Mary’s help or to thank her for favors received, is to pray the litany. The Litany has been given a prominent place in the devotional prayers of the Church. Think about the various titles of Our Lady. Why do we honor her as Spiritual Vessel or Singular Vessel of Devotion? When God created Mary, He made her without the stain of original sin - The New Eve, meaning that she was preserved from the sin of Adam and Eve in order to fulfill her special purpose of becoming the mother of God.
The Blessed Virgin Mary has a special role as the mother of God and it is befitting that we honor her for her obedience to God’s will and for her steadfast faith in God. By honoring Mary and trying to imitate her, we become closer to Our Lord Jesus. Mary, who never wants any attention for herself, always shows us the way to her Son and intercedes on our behalf, for our needs and wants. Celebrate Mary’s birthday with joy and thanksgiving to God for giving us a friend and model of virtue.
Together, with my parish clergy team, I wish you all A Very Happy And Meaningful Feast of the NATIVITY OF OUR LADY. May God continue to bless our parish and its parishioners, with Graces that we need the most!
Happy Birthday Dearest Mother!
With My Prayers,
Fr. Innocent Fernandes, SVD