September 8 is a big deal among Catholics not only in the Philippines but also in many parts of the world. It is the Feast day of the Nativity of Mary. In our country, the day was declared a special working holiday, through Republic Act No. 11370.



Although it is not a holy day of obligation, September 8 isn’t complete without many Filipinos attending Mass or praying the Holy Rosary in her honor. Others would go on a trip to one of the many shrines in the country that are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin to remember her birthday. While we may very well know how others would celebrate the Nativity of Mary, Stella Maris Academy of Davao educative community like in the rest of the world also has its unique way of commemorating this joyous occasion.

The day started with the narration of Anna, widely known as St. Anne, being magnified for conceiving and giving birth to Mary, followed by the Morning Prayer, Prayer for the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples and the singing of a Happy Birthday song to Mama Mary.


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Each Emmaus group prepared an offering on their chosen time of the day. One group prepared a Marian song that they performed live before Mama Mary in the chapel. Another group prepared beautiful cards with personal intentions written on them. Others wrote letters that contain prayers asking for Mama Mary’s intercession and most groups offered beautiful flowers and personal prayers in the chapel. A TV mass at 3 pm attended by advisers scheduled that day ended the day’s activity.

Truly, Mary’s birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. Each time we commemorate her birth, we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and the world at large for her birth ushers in the birth of God’s people.