Mary's Name Day

This year Mary's Name day is on 8th December 2017

Mary is derived from the Hebrew, 'bitter'; Mary has a name day of 8th December and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

Saint Mary, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • All women, especially mothers

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Mary has the following symbols associated

  • Roses
  • Lilies
  • The Christ-child

Historically Famous Marys

8 December, the (Immaculate) Conception; 25 March, the Annunciation; 31 May, the Visitation; 15 August, her Assumption into heaven; 8 September, her birthday. Mary, the mother of Christ, is the most revered saint in the Christian world, and has several festivals in the Church's year. It is not surprising that her name has been one of the most popular for girls in all countries, as well as being used by boys in combination with a masculine name in Latin countries (like Jose Maria, for example). Mary also has various titles such as Maria de la Concepcion or Maria del Pilar, the title often being used as a name on its own - so you have girls named Pilar, Concepcion, Dolores, Consuela and Mercedes. The important quality of Mary was her willing obedience to Gabriel's announcement of the divine fiat. Her own fiat ('may it be unto me according unto Thy word') is often seen as the turning point when salvation came to the human race. She is also loved as the faithful woman who carried, bore and tended Jesus, and who witnessed his death and resurrection.

Other Names Day resources

Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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