LUISA’S THIRD MARRIAGE WITH THE CROSS (1894)
Date according to Official website of the Pious Association Luisa Piccarreta
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Church has given us two of the great Feasts of the Church. On the eighth day of the new year of the Church we celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Mary, according to Orthodox Tradition is the one person that nation of Israel was prepared to produce. She was the one human being who could say “yes” to God and become the human mother of the Eternal Son of God. She was the one human being who could receive God into herself and not be consumed. Therefore, we celebrate her birth as the first in that great series of events which would lead to the Cross and Resurrection. But we also remember that Cross. Six days after the birth of the Virgin, we remember the discovery and elevation of the Holy Cross upon which our Savior was Crucified. Thus, at the beginning of the New Year of the Church, we commemorate and celebrate the human beginning of our Salvation, and the human end or Purpose of the Coming of Christ.