Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
September 8 is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"Mary is a woman full of warmth, humanity, enthusiasm and vitality. Everything in her speaks since she carries the Living Word. Mary, of whom the Gospel speaks, is a woman from our land who resembles us, or, more correctly, the woman we are called to resemble..She is a great lady, Our Lady, the Lady of All. She is a unique woman whose presence and example help women and men alike. She is bright-faced, mild-manned, kind and tender. If you have ever met such a woman in your life, you are fortunate because you have known, in one way or another, Mary who is from our land…Mary whom God has chosen to carry the joy of heaven, the Beloved of the Father, her son Jesus." An excerpt from the article "Mary, Mother of the Church" by Sr. Mary Antoinette Saade.
Lord, may we glorify and praise you with the angels and saints who have welcomed the holy Mother at her entrance into heaven. Maronite Liturgy
Take up the Cross of Christ and walk in His footsteps, then the Blessed Virgin will be by your side as she was by His. From the Ninth Experience of Raymond Nader with Saint Sharbel.
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Today is the feast of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30
"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:45
You were placed in the womb of the Virgin, make us spiritual temples, and enlighten us with your splendid light. Maronite Liturgy
Dec 8, Feast of The Immaculate Conception
“Blessed are you, Virgin and Mother, sanctified from your conception".
"Just as Jesus is described as the New Adam, Mary is the New Eve. Ephrem wrote: “The two women were pure and simple, Mary and Eve. One of them, however, became the cause of our death and the other, the cause of our life. Eve, by hearing the word of the serpent conceived evil and brought death. Mary, by hearing the Word of God, conceived Jesus and brought life”.
More about the Immaculate Conception dogma HERE.