feast of The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is celebrated on January 1st, the final day of the Christmas octave and a Holy Day of Obligation. The origin of this feast goes back to the 7th century in the Latin Church and honors Mary as the mother of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. The 8th day was also when Joseph and Mary brought Christ to be circumcised in the temple, and when he was given the name ‘Jesus’ which means ‘God Saves’. This feast fits well with the beginning of the New Year so that we may consecrate our year to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of all Christians.
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Today’s solemnity honors our Lady for the central mystery of her life: to be the Mother of Jesus, who is God. Like the spokes of a wheel, her other unique graces all extend from her fundamental identity as the Mother of God. Her Immaculate Conception prepared her to be a worthy Mother; her perpetual virginity preserves her total consecration as the “Vessel of honor” and “Ark of the Covenant,” as her litany says; her Assumption into heaven was the fitting consequence of having borne the Child who triumphed over sin and death. We rejoice that Mary desires to be a mother to each of us, forming us as the unique images of her Son we are called to be. Whenever we ask, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,” we can be confident she will hear and answer us.”
The Mother of God is our mother.“
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.”
Hail Mary prayer (Ave Maria)
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.