The Nativity of Mary
, or Birth of the Virgin
and various permutations, is celebrated as a liturgical
feast in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints
and in most Anglican liturgical calendars
on 8 September, nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception
, celebrated on 8 December. The Eastern Orthodox
equivalent, the Nativity of the Theotokos
has its own article.
This feast, like that of the Assumption of Mary
, originated in Jerusalem
. It began in the fifth century as the feast of the basilica Sanctae Mariae ubi nata est
, now the Basilica of Saint Anne
. In the seventh century, the feast was celebrated by the Byzantines and at Rome as the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
. The feast is also celebrated by Syrian Christians on 8 SeptemberCalendarium Romanum
(Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1969), p. 102 and by Coptic Christians on 1 Bashans (i.e., 9 May).
The feast was included in the Tridentine Calendar
for 8 September and has remained on that date.
The scene was frequently depicted in art, as part of cycles of the Life of the Virgin
. Late medieval depictions are often valuable records of domestic interiors and their fittings - at this period the setting was often in a wealthy household.
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