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Mary, Daughter of the Poor

Mary, Daughter of the Poor by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

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“Blessed are you, O Mary, daughter of the poor, who became mother of the Lord of kings. In your womb He has dwelt in whose praise the heavens are full. Blessed be your own breast, which has nourished Him with love, your mouth which has lulled Him, and your arms which have held Him. You have become a vehicle to bear a God of fire!”
(Syriac Marian hymn)

Her feast day is September 8.

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Mother of Jesus. Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Betrothed of St. Joseph

The Feast of 8 September originated in Jerusalem. In the 7th century, in the Byzantine Rite and at Rome, the Birth of the Blessed Virgin was celebrated this day. The feast is also celebrated on September 8 in the Syriac Rite and on September 7 in the Coptic Rite.

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows was originally granted to the Order of the Servants of Mary in 1667; it was introduced into the Roman Calendar in 1814 and assigned to the third Sunday in September. In 1913 the date of the feast was assigned to September 15.

Born: Unknown, perhaps 20 bc; celebrated on 8 September

Died: Unknown; assumed into heaven, date unknown but celebrated on 15 August

Name Meaning: Myrhh