We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints. Instead, we celebrate the day each died, because that is the day each was born into the joys of heaven. But the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother, is an exception. We do celebrate her birthday because she came into this world full of grace and because she was to be the Mother of Jesus. The birth of Our Lady was like a dawn. When the sky starts to turn a rosy pink early in the morning, we know the sun will soon come up. In the same way, when Mary was born, she brought great happiness to the world. Her birth meant that soon Jesus, the Sun of justice, would appear. Mary was the wonderful human being whose privilege it was to bring the Lord Jesus to all people. Even today, if we have Mary, we have Jesus. This is because Mary always brings her Son. When we go to Mary, she leads us to Jesus. Whoever is very devoted to her is very close to the heart of Jesus.
- Catholic Icing has a very cute coloring page
Here are our creations that we colored:
Colored by Pan Y Vino
Colored by Princess
Colored by Vianney
I made Mary's Birthday party mix. Thank you Catholic Cuisine for the great idea! The berries symbolize her fruitfulness, the white chips her sinlessness, the honey roasted peanuts--well, honey has many connotations for the Christian faith, including the virginity of Mary, virtue and the sweetness of God's love.
5 oz (about 1 c) dried mixed berries
3 oz (about 1/2 c) dried blueberries
1 1/2 c honey roasted peanuts
1 c white chocolate chips
For dessert I made a Lemon Blueberry cake. It was so good! We topped the cake with a circle of ten candles, representing one decade of the rosary. We lit the candles as we prayed a "Hail Mary" for each candle. We also sang Hail Holy Queen.
Mary, purest flower of earth,
Mary, gate of heaven,
Mary, who to nature's dearth
Mercy's fount hast given;
Mary, Queen of virtues rarest,
Mary, house with treasures stored,
Lead me to my King adored.
(Tratinonal Prayers found in Maiden & Mother)