January 1, 2016

January 1, 2016: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, our Lady's greatest title. This feast is the octave of Christmas. In the modern Roman Calendar only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an octave.

From today's Gospel:
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
— Luke 2: 16-21

May you have a most blessed and holy New Year.

1 comment :

Lexie Robinson said...

Yay for one of Our Lady's most special solemnities! Thanks for sharing and happy New Year!