10 days to go until the much-awaited event “Iba’t Ibang Mukha Ni Maria”

10 days to go until the much-awaited event “Iba’t Ibang Mukha Ni Maria”, a gathering of the women of CFC FFL and their friends, in celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Mother. This will be on September 8, 2012, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Henry Lee Irwin Theatre, Ateneo de Manila University. Registration will begin at 7:00 am. Tickets are already available at the CFC FFL Home Office for only P100.00.

Aside from the birth of Jesus, the Catholic Church celebrates only two birthdays over the course of the Liturgical Year – Saint John the Baptist, on June 24, and Our Blessed Mother Mary, on September 8. All other saints are honored on the day of their death. The Church gives this special honor to our Lady because everything about her points to Jesus.

As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we invite everyone to pray this novena starting August 30 until September 7. This is a novena prayer composed by St. Anselm of Canterbury in honor of our Lady’s Nativity.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin;
give me strength against thine enemies,
and against the enemy of the whole human race.
Give me strength humbly to pray to thee.
Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers,
through the merits of thy most sacred nativity,
which for the entire Christian world was a birth of joy,
the hope and solace of its life.

When thou wast born, O most holy Virgin,
then was the world made light.

Happy is thy stock, holy thy root, and blessed thy fruit,
for thou alone as a virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit,
didst merit to conceive thy God,
as a virgin to bear Thy God, as a virgin to bring Him forth,
and after His birth to remain a virgin.

Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner,
and give me aid, O Lady, so that just as thy nativity,
glorious from the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Judah,
illustrious from the stock of David,
didst announce joy to the entire world,
so may it fill me with true joy and cleanse me from every sin.

(mention your intentions)

Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent,
that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity
may put a cloak over all my sins.

O holy Mother of God, flowering as the lily,
pray to thy sweet Son for me, a wretched sinner. Amen.