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Month of September

'Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.'
Pope Paul VI (Blessed)

Month of September

Month of September

September has a number of feasts to brighten up the month as Autumn takes hold and the days grow shorter and colder. The first feast is that of Our Lady’s birthday on the 8th of September. Every birthday is a cause of celebration and that of our heavenly mother is as good a reason for any to cheer our days. On the 14th September we celebrate the fest of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This date was chosen because it was the day the Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine in Jerusalem to house the cross of Christ found by his mother St Helen. Tradition ahs it that Constantine saw a cross in the sky made from clouds the day before he was to win a famous victory at the Ponte Milvio outside Rome which was to establish him as sole Roman Emperor. He promised that of he won he would become a Christian and end the persecution of Christians. A year later in 313 AD he promulgated the edict of Milan which put an end to persecution and began the process by which Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. This feast is followed by the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, reminding us of the privileged place Our Lady had in God’s plan of salvation. The month of September is dedicated in a special way to Our Lady of Sorrows. On the 21st oof the month we celebrate the feast of the Apostle St Matthew, the Evangelist, whose Gospel focus particularly on the witness to Christ given by the Church as a community formed by faith. On the 29th of September as the month draws to a close, we celebrate the fest of the Archangels, Michael (Who is like God), Gabriel (Strength of God) and Raphael (Healing of God), each manifesting a particular grace of God, just as we too are called to do in our daily life until together, we build up the body of Christ which is the Church.