The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (16 B.C.)

Mary was born fifteen years, three months and seventeen days before the birth of Jesus. She was born in a house in which, fourteen years, six months and seventeen days later, the great Angel Gabriel, sent by God, would come and kneel before her and with bowed head say: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.”

Mary was three years, two months and thirteen days old when she was presented by her parents to God in the Temple. She was just fourteen years old when she was espoused to Joseph. She was fourteen years, four months and fifteen days old when her espousals to Saint Joseph were solemnized. She was in her forty-eighth year when Our Lord died and rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, in the year 33. And Mary was seventy-two years old when she herself died, and was three days later assumed into Heaven, in the year 58.

See also: Mary Ever Virgin

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The Birth of the Virgin, by   Giotto (1266–1337),  Cappella degli Scrovegni (source)

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  • David Carlon

    Hail! My Queen and beloved mother! Happy birthday! On bended knee I offer you my gratitude and thanksgiving for all you have done for me, especially those gifts that I have no awareness of receiving.