Archbishop of HyderabadLet us, on the 8th September this year, join our Catholic Church which celebrates the birthday of our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mary all over the world in a holy and joyful manner. Let us with the Church express our joy on the nativity of our Holy and Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, in a variety of divinely inspired ways. Let us with the Church recollect and proclaim that Her nativity was the beginning of the historical fulfillment of the mysterious words spoken by God to the Serpent after Adam’s fall, about His future course of action for the eschatological deliverance, sanctification and salvation of fallen mankind from its dominion: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and Her seed. You will strike His heel but He will crush your head.” (Gen. 3: 15). The Lord God created this enmity between His Blessed Virgin Mary and the Devil through the grace of Her Immaculate Conception. Through this grace She would belong indefectibly to the personal life of God the Eternal Father through the direction that He would give it through His Holy Spirit’s indwelling in Her soul in order that She might serve Him in the eschatological fulfillment of all His saving promises for the life of His obedient people with Himself in the new and everlasting covenant.

Filled with holy joy in the Holy Spirit, let us with the Church cry out in the Liturgy: “Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God announced joy to the whole world, for from you has risen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. He released us from the ancient curse and made us blessed; He destroyed death and gave us eternal life.” Again, “today the Virgin Mary was born of the race of the David; through Her the salvation of the world was made manifest to all who believed. The light of Her life shines out upon the world. Let us celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mother with the greatest devotion”.

Let us together with Holy Mother the Church, look upon the Blessed Virgin Mary in the fragrance of the infancy of Her personal life with Blessed Trinity and sing in the words of the Song of songs: “who is this arising like the dawn, fair as the moon, resplendent as the Sun, terrible as an army with banners!” And let us hail Her in the words from the book of Judith: “May the Lord God be blessed the creator of Heaven and Earth. The trust you have shown shall not pass from the memories of men but shall ever remind them of the power of God”.

Let everything that is in the world and above the world join together in rejoicing, for on this day, the true shrine was built by God the Father for the incarnation of His only begotten Son through God the Holy Spirit in their ineffable unity as the Eternal undivided Self-existent and Blessed Trinity. Thus the birth and infancy of our Lady, Holy Mary and Mother of God, was the historical commencement of the prophetic word in the book of Revelation: “Now God’s home is with men! He will live with them, and they shall be His people. God himself will be with them and He will be their God (Rev. 21:3)”.

As each one of us celebrates the joyful feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary let us, one and all, ask Her to obtain for us Her grace and Her peace from the Blessed Trinity, our one, true and living God, through Her powerful intercession.