Birth of Mary – a beautiful prayer

On Our Lady’s birthday the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Saviour’s mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as “Cause of our joy”, one of the most beautiful titles in her litany.

“Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord,
the gift of heavenly grace,
that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
may bring deeper peace
to those for whom the birth of her Son
was the dawning of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.” (Collect Prayer)

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Ancient Prayer In Honour of Our Lady’s Nativity by St. Anselm

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The Pope’s Intentions for September

The Intention of the Holy Father for September is for parishes at the service of the mission:

“That they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.

They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.

And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.

The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.

Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.”

For some background to the Pope’s Intentions, please see here: http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/prayers-for-the-pope.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostleship_of_Prayer