Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 8 September

The Birth of the Virgin – Giotto

The birth of Mary is not recorded in the Bible, but apocryphal sources (and tradition) say that her parents were St Joachim and St Anne. 8 September is the date of the commemoration in many Christian denominations, including the Church of England. This date is 9 months after 8 December, the date commemorated as the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (In the Church of England this date is in the lectionary as a “lesser festival”. In the Roman Catholic church it is known as the Immaculate Conception, but this doctrine is not accepted in Protestant churches, nor in the Orthodox church.)

Shall we not love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well?
And to His glory, year by year,
Thy joy and honour tell?
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Bound with the curse of sin and shame
We helpless sinners lay,
Until in tender love He came
To bear the curse away.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

And thee He chose from whom to take
True flesh His Flesh to be;
In it to suffer for our sake,
By it to make us free.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Thy Babe He lay upon thy breast,
To thee He cried for food:
Thy gentle nursing soothed to rest
Th’ Incarnate Son of God.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

O wondrous depth of Grace Divine
That He should bend so low!
And Mary, O, what joy ’twas thine
In His dear love to know.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Joy to be Mother of the Lord,
And thine the truer bliss,
In every thought, and deed, and word,
To be for ever His.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

And as He loves thee, Mother dear,
We too will love thee well;
And to His glory, year by year,
Thy joy and honour tell.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Jesu, the Virgin’s Holy Son,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,
And Spirit evermore.
Jesu, the Virgin’s Holy Son,
We praise Thee and adore.

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