ASSUMPTION MONASTERY CHURCH
Neeleeswaram, Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world. The love of two human beings has joined with God in his creative work. The loving parents have shown hope in a world filled with travail. The new child has the potential to be a channel of God\'s love and peace to the world.

This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God\'s love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.

Birthday celebrations bring happiness to the celebrant as well as to family and friends. Next to the birth of Jesus, Mary\'s birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. Each time we celebrate her birth we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world at large.

Quote:

"Today the barren Anna claps her hands for joy, the earth radiates with light, kings sing their happiness, priests enjoy every blessing, the entire universe rejoices, for she who is queen and the Father\'s immaculate bride buds forth from the stem of Jesse" (adapted from Byzantine Daily Worship).