Rather, it’s St. Ann, the grandmother of Jesus,
Do we know the actual date of Mary’s birth? Well, certainly not from any birth certificate! But if you count back exactly nine months from September 8, you’ll find yourself at another important date on the church calendar: December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. (This is a good way to remember that the feast of the Immaculate Conception is not about the conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb but rather about the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, Ann.)
– indeed, the Lord is with you!
Chosen and blessed are you among women,
blest and divine is the fruit of your womb:
pray for us now in the troubles we face,
we’re sinners who need all the help we can get.
Pray for us, too, at the hour of our death
when Jesus your Son will call us home