From all eternity God thought of the Virgin of Nazareth as the future Mother of His Son. At the Annunciation, Mary became the Mother of God. This is her most exalted title, the source of all her other privileges. On Calvary, Christ gave His Mother to all men to be their spiritual Mother, so that through her they might come to God as through her He came to them.
This feast takes place of the Maternity of Mary formerly kept on October 11, which was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1931, as a commemoration of the 15th centenary of the Council of the Ephesus in 431.
PRAYER: God, through the fruitful virginity of Mary You bestowed the blessings of eternal salvation on mankind. Grant that we may enjoy her intercession, for through her we received Your Son, the Author of Life. Amen.