Mary, Mother of God
Podcast © Franciscan MediaMary’s divine motherhood broadens the Christmas spotlight. Hers role as mother of God places her in a unique position in God’s redemptive plan.
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Happy New Year! In our Catholic calendar, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary. It's appropriate to turn to Mary on New Year's Day. We don't know what the new year will hold, but we can unite with Mary and stay close to her Son no matter what happens. pic.twitter.com/Gml1tzpBOX— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) January 1, 2021
Liturgy of the Hours - 2nd Reading
From a letter by Saint Athanasius, bishop
The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, says the Apostle, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you,” so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.
By taking our nature and offering it in sacrifice, the Word was to destroy it completely and then invest it with his own nature, and so prompt the Apostle to say: This corruptible body must put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.
This was not done in outward show only, as some have imagined. This is not so. Our Saviour truly became man, and from this has followed the salvation of man as a whole. Our salvation is in no way fictitious, nor does it apply only to the body. The salvation of the whole man, that is, of soul and body, has really been achieved in the Word himself.
What was born of Mary was therefore human by nature, in accordance with the inspired Scriptures, and the body of the Lord was a true body: It was a true body because it was the same as ours. Mary, you see, is our sister, for we are all born from Adam.
The words of St John, the Word was made flesh, bear the same meaning, as we may see from a similar turn of phrase in St Paul: Christ was made a curse for our sake. Man’s body has acquired something great through its communion and union with the Word. From being mortal it has been made immortal; though it was a living body it has become a spiritual one; though it was made from the earth it has passed through the gates of heaven.
Even when the Word takes a body from Mary, the Trinity remains a Trinity, with neither increase nor decrease. It is for ever perfect. In the Trinity we acknowledge one Godhead, and thus one God, the Father of the Word, is proclaimed in the Church.
Mary, Mother of God
Mary, Mother of God
The Solemnity of the #BlessedVirginMary— Portraits of Saints (@SaintPortraits) January 1, 2021
“Mary is the one who was chosen to be Mother of the Redeemer, sharing intimately in his mission. In the light of Christmas, the mystery of her divine motherhood is illumined.” #JPII #Christmas pic.twitter.com/CzSFAtoJYc
Friends, today we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God.— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) January 1, 2021
As Fulton J. Sheen commented, Mary is like the moon, for her light is always the reflection of a higher light.https://t.co/7aOgEuNP99 pic.twitter.com/gkhfpLxNaq
New Years Day - Feast of Mary, Mother of God— Church of St Patrick (@stpatsmilfordpa) December 31, 2020
Friday, January 1 - 12 noon pic.twitter.com/XtuQuhNybq
The first Marian Dogma happened at the council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. Mary Mother of God the Theotokos! pic.twitter.com/a9Y0nuY52V— Church of St Michael (@ChurchofStMike) December 30, 2020
Join us as we celebrate Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God tomorrow Dec. 31 at 5PM & Friday Jan. 1, 2021 at 10AM (English), 12:30PM (Spanish). A great way to start the New Year! 😀 pic.twitter.com/IOW6aSvMFI— Our Lady of Mercy (@our_mercy) December 30, 2020
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation. Join us for Mass in person or via livestream.— Church of the Blessed Sacrament (@CBS_WL) December 30, 2020
Thurs, Dec 31st (No 830am daily Mass) @ 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM (Spanish)
Fri, Jan 1st
@ 9:00 AM Divine Mercy Chaplet and Holy Hour to follow pic.twitter.com/1nDnQ5D2QQ
#countdownto2021 -8-— manuscripts &c. (@manuscriptsetc) December 24, 2020
Mary--mother of God--is one of the most portrayed woman in medieval manuscripts of the Latin west. Almost always wearing blue, here she is seen in the Nativity scene, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ (Pryce MS P1).#onemanuscriptaday #kansasmanuscripts pic.twitter.com/qFvraaknMe
"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst 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" pic.twitter.com/UzVTaN0l2M— Sr. Veronica Paul (@sistervpaul_) December 23, 2020
Dear brethren, Happy New Year!— Archdiocese of Tuguegarao (@rcaTuguegarao) December 31, 2020
Tomorrow, January 1, 2021, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Motherhood of Mary, Mother of God.
Join us as we welcome New Year with a Eucharistic Celebration tonight, 9:30 pm at St. Peter Metropolitan Cathedral. pic.twitter.com/si96amVzOb
Mary, Mother of God
Today, Jan. 1, the octave of Christmas ends with the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is a holy day of obligation, except the obligation for Catholics in the United States is lifted when the feast falls on a Saturday or Monday.
Jan. 1 also marks the Church’s commemoration of the World Day of Peace, first observed 50 years ago in 1968. It seems appropriate and fitting to be celebrated on a Marian feast day, for peace is only possible through total self-sacrifice and surrender — through total love and obedience to the will of God, of which Mary is an icon for the Church.
It bears noting that Jan. 1 previously had been known as the feast of the circumcision of the Lord, because Jewish ritual prescribes that Jewish males would have been circumcised on the eighth day after birth, in accordance with the covenant God made with Abraham. As a member of a pious, practicing Jewish family, Jesus would have received this ritual induction into the Abrahamic covenant (see Lk 2:21). (By Michael Heinlein)READ MORE