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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8

Today’s Mass Readings

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8

Matthew 1:18-23.

This feast of the birth of our dear Mother Mary
is one of the oldest feasts of Mary
dating back to the 2nd century.

There is a hymn devoted to her entitled,
“Mary, the Dawn” which speaks so wonderfully
of her relationship with her Son, Jesus:
“Mary for Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day.”


That beautiful Light which dawned in Mother Mary
came to its fullness in Jesus.

Mother Mary lived in that fullness of grace
from the very moment of her conception.

God gives us a gift of hope in Mother Mary.


She was born to give us Jesus.

And she continues to do this for all of her children.

We can’t begin to comprehend the number of people
she has touched down through the centuries including ourselves.


With Mother Mary’s intercession
may we live in that fullness of her Son
so much that our love for Jesus will spill over
into the hearts and minds of all we encounter.

With the pure intentions let us pray together,

Remember, almost gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you, I stand sinful and sorrowful. Oh, Mother of the Word Incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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