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ofmary.org The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the day on which Christians East and West commemorate the birth of Mary, the Mother of God, was celebrated as early as the sixth century. By using Learn Religions, you accept our, History of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ, at Christmas; Saint John the Baptist; and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Nativity is a common subject and from the 13th century onwards, scenes often focused on the relationship between the new-born infant Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary. A Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, Holy Days of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Christmas: The Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Nativity is a common subject and from the 13th century onwards, scenes often focused on the relationship between the new-born infant Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. In addition, around 1,000 retailers will stock Christmas stamp books this year. "It is indeed an honour and will bring much-needed joy to our village community in 2020.”. Royal Mail will be using a Nativity scene from a Northamptonshire church's stained glass window for one of this year's six commemorative Christmas stamps. For nine months, the soul of Mary had given form to her virginal body, and the hour of her happy birth approached. The stained-glass windows showcase the extraordinary detail and craftsmanship of this highly-specialised decorative art, covering a range of eras, styles and technique, according to Royal Mail. Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Head of stamp strategy Philip Parker said: “Our beautiful Christmas stamps feature the Nativity as told through the artistry of different styles of stained-glass windows.”. This did not stop the couple from praying together for a child, who recalled the example of Abraham rec… Christ, because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit; Mary, because she was kept free from the stain of Original Sin by the action of God in His foreknowledge that she would agree to be the mother of Christ; and Saint John, because he was blessed in the womb by the presence of his Savior when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, came to aid her cousin Elizabeth in the final months of Elizabeth's pregnancy (an event we celebrate in the Feast of the Visitation).