Saturday September 21, 2019 we celebrate the Birth of Virgin Mary.
On this day we also celebrate the Independence of the Republic of Armenia.
Christian tradition tells us about the birth of Virgin Mary in the following way.
St. Anne and St. Joachim did not have children, although they longed for it. People hurt them by saying that not having children was a punishment of God, or that they were not worthy of children.
In the midst of their pain, St. Anne and St. Joachim turned to God. They devoted themselves to fasting, prayers and good works. God heard their prayers. An angel appeared and promised them the birth of a very special child:
“Through her all the nations of the world will be blessed, and through her will come the Salvation of the world”.
At a tender age, she was only three, Mary was given to the Temple, and lived there with other consecrated virgins.
While she was 12 years, she was engaged to the much older St. Joseph, who promised to protect her and keep her safe as a consecrated virgin.
During her engagement time, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her about God’s plan. Virgin Mary answered “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word.”
The life of the Holy Virgin sets a clear example: to live with dedication to God, steadfast in prayer and devotion.
Birth of Virgin Mary, mosaic by Pietro Cavallini (1259 – 1330) in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome.