Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 8: Happy Birthday to Mary, our Blessed Mother!

Last week on September 8, our family and homeschool group celebrated the Nativity of our Blessed Mother, or Mary's birthday!  We don't actually know the exact date of Mary's birthday, but September 8 was chosen by the Church as her birthday because 9 months prior on December 8, the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when Mary was conceived without Original Sin.

As we have done for several years now, we celebrate Mary's birthday with a doughnut rosary which is eaten after we say a decade of the rosary and sing "Happy Birthday to Mary".  A friend also brought some blue cupcakes to represent the "Our Father" prayers on top of the doughnuts.  Several families met at a local park this year for the celebration after we attended daily Mass.

In years' past our homeschool group made our edible rosaries for this celebration out of small and large cupcakes as in 2009:


It was in 2011 that our homeschool group started using doughnuts for Mary's birthday celebration and we have been keeping this tradition going because it's so simple, fun, meaningful and memorable! 


This was our 2012 doughnut rosary:

 In 2013 our homeschool group moms got fancy and had birthday cakes for Mary too! 


Here are a few Marian posts I found that I thought were helpful and insightful and were worth sharing: 

And I love this list of the 26 Names of Mary with explanations that are used in the Litany of Mary, a powerful prayer written in the Middle Ages. 

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! 


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