Monday, 8 September 2014

Mary's Birthday

St Anne teaching the Virgin to read, British Library  
It's surely not unreasonable to imagine that the birth of a baby girl in the Middle East some 2000 years ago would have been seen as an event of little significance outside her immediate family (and even among some family members, dare one suggest?) Whatever the truth behind some of the beautiful stories surrounding this child's birth and childhood, they would have been treasured only in the hearts of those closest to her; creating, perhaps, a habit she would inherit. And yet...

Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, announced joy to the whole world, for from you has risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God. He released us from the ancient curse and made us blessed; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life. (Benedictus antiphon from today's Morning Prayer)

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