Celebrating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrating the arrival of the Savior of the world
The celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was introduced in the Latin Church by eastern Pope Sergius I (VII century). Mary comes from Adam’s ancestry, Judas’ tribe, Kind David race. The first source dealing with Mary’s Nativity is the so-called “Protoevangelium of James”, telling that Mary was born in Jerusalem in the humble house of Joachim and Anna. In the same place where there was Mary’s parents house, later the Cathedral of Saint Anna was build (IV century) and the Nativity of Mary was celebrated for the first time. The celebration spread firstly in Costantinpoli and then it was introduced in the West by Pope Sergius I . Once the celebration was introduced, every year, on 8 September both the Eastern and the Western Church celebrate the Nativity of the Mother of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
It is not that difficult to understand the sense of this devotion. The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary anticipates the arrival of God on earth, which incarnated in the body of the Virgin. The Church decided to venerate all the people and the event which are linked to the arrival of the Messiah: his Mother, her birth, his conception, his parents and his ancestry (Mt 1,1-16.18-23). The core meaning of the celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is therefore the veneration of the incarnation of the Word. The Blessed Virgin Mary, in fact, was born and grown up to become the Mother of the Savior of the World, Our God Jesus Christ.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary brings truth and salvation anticipating the arrival of the Messiah. In addition it make us free form the darkness of the world. The birth of the Virgin is in fact a watershed between darkness and light which God would have brought incarnating his son in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Mary’s birth is a watershed between the Old and the New Testament. The symbols of the Old Testament are replaced by the truth and a new alliance between God and his people in the New Testament. On The day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, God starts building his temple, whose load-bearing column is the Virgin.
Saint 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.”
With the birth of the Virgin the glorious day had the upper hand on the darkness, thus bringing light throughout the world. Along with Angels and Saints, we have to honor and celebrate every year the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior of all the peoples of the world.