Mama Mary’s birthday is celebrated on the traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne.
In the Protoevangelium of James 5:2, Mary’s father Joachim was described as a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. When he and wife Anne were deeply grieved by their childlessness, they turned to Abraham, who had the similar fate but was given a miracle son. An angel appeared to Anne revealed to her this: “The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.”
St. Augustine writes about the importance of this feast as early as the 5th century.
The Hoped for day of the blessed and venerable Virgin Mary ever a Virgin has now come; therefore let our earth rejoice with great gladness, illuminated by the birth of so great a Virgin. For she is the flower of the field from which came forth the priceless lily of the valley; by her child-bearing the nature inherited from our first parents is changed, their fault wiped-out. In her the sentence passed on Eve was remitted which said, “In sorrow shall you being forth children,” for Mary brought forth the Lord in joy.
Happy feast day of the nativity of our dear mother Mama Mary!