The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 2016
We've just moved! Same city, different suburb. More on this later...
One of the first things I did was to set up our home altar. To us it makes a place home.
Here's our altar set up for September, the month dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, and for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (We've been here a month, this is not what I first set up).
We have Our Lady's life presented here. When she was a baby, 'Maria Bambini', and if you look at the altar cards, the Annunciation and birth of Jesus, her standing at the Cross at the Crucifixion. Our statue of Our Lady is dressed as Our Lady of Sorrows, and finally there is the picture of Our Lady's crowning in Heaven.
In Divine Intimacy it reads for the feast, 'The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary's Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today's Office: "Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the Sun of Justice, Christ, our God."
Mary's birth is a prelude to the birth of Jesus because it is the initial point of the realisation of the great mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God for the salvation of mankind. How could the birthday of of the Mother of the Redeemer pass unnoticed in the hearts of the redeemed?'
I read this the day before Our Lady's Nativity feast and thought, indeed! We always have a birthday cake for Mary's Nativity, but inspired, I thought to make our altar more special than usual for the day and to try and make our evening meal and birthday cake a little more special too. I did over cook the Indonesian noodles, and the icing on the cake cracked. But it's always the intention that's most important, this is what children remember most, and the table did look special to us :)