Many Christians around the world celebrate each year on September 8 the birthday (nativity) of Mary the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If every human life has inestimable value being made in the image and like of its Creator, and therefore is a priceless gift from God, how much greater is the gift of Mary who by grace was made worthy to bear not only the image and likeness of God, but her Creator and Savior in the flesh? How can we not celebrate such a gift that truly keeps on giving life to the world through the Son, Jesus, she brought forth? Give thanks to God for His unspeakable gift! Our Orthodox friends give us this text to express our joy and thanks to God:
Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.