Birth of the Virgin Mary
by Michael K. Jones

The Catholic Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary to parents Saints Joachim and Anne on September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of Her Immaculate Conception. Mary was, is and remains the chosen of God to conceive the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Her Son Jesus is the word of God sent down to earth, that God may walk among us and teach us the good way which lead to everlasting life.

In the first book of the Scripture we find the story of Adam and Eve. Told not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden, Eve was deceived by the "serpent of old" who the book of Revelation Chapter 12 tells us is also known as devil and satan. Beguiled by the serpent, having eaten from the forbidden tree, is the beginning of disobedience away from God. Foretold to the serpent in the Book of Genesis Chapter 3, verse 14-15, a woman would be conceived that would not be deceived by the serpent. This tells us just as Eve was deceived by the one who seeks evil (the serpent), leading us away from God, there would come a woman to lead us back to God in reconciliation.

Luke Chapter One tells us the Archangel Gabriel was sent from God to Mary. Gabriel greeted Mary saying, "Blessed art thou among woman." Gabriel's greeting tell us that Mary is highly favored by God among all other woman. Mary accepted the invitation of Gabriel to conceive "The Most High" who will be called, "The Son of God." Later while visiting her cousin Elizabeth, Elizabeth and the child in her womb leapt with joy, knowing that Mary was with child and that Mary's child is the Son of God."

Speaking to Elizabeth, Mary spoke the words that today Catholic's call, "The Magnificat" AKA "The Song of Mary."

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name; and his mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy, even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever."

Birth place of the Virgin Mary. Doorway is the entrance to the Church of Santa Ana. The Church is located in old Jerusalem just steps away from the entrance known as "Lion's Gate." Look out Lion's Gate the view is that of "Gethsemane" the olive tree grove where Jesus often spent so many night in prayer. Gathsemane is also the place where Judas (who betrayed Jesus) lead soldiers to capture Jesus, leading to the crucifixion and death of the Son of God.

Inside the door of the Church of Santa Ana is the most beautiful ancient Church. No need for microphones in this Church during services. The interior of the building is designed to carry sound naturally so all can hear. In the basement of Santa Ana is a well preserved shrine which is considered to be the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. In the rear of the property of Santa Ana are ancient structures which I discovered were the hot baths that sick and infirmed would come to bath, thinking the waters contained healing properties.


Center of picture is the altar from which the Masses are said. Again, the interior of Saint Anna's is so designed that the sound carries throughout the church equally so all in attendance could hear a Mass without the use of any electrical sound system. To the right side of the altar is a small door way that leads to the basement of the church which is again said to be the birth place of Mary.





The olive garden of Gathsemane







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