Monday, December 29, 2008

The Word for January 1


Virgin and Child by Luis de Morales:
be sure to click on image for larger, more detailed version


January 1 is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God on the liturgical calendar (background on this feast). On the civil calendar it is New Year's Day. It is also the World Day of Peace and the Pope's message for that purpose can be found here.

The scriptures for this day are, I believe, the shortest lections of the whole liturgical year. You can find them here.

Is this a "holy day of obligation?" Yes it is - at least this year it is! For the official scoop on how to determine the obligatory nature of January 1, see what the US Bishops' Conference reports.

Father,
source of light in every age,
the Virgin conceived and bore your Son
who is called Wonderful God,
Prince of Peace.
May her prayer, the gift of a mother's love,
be your people's joy through all ages.
May her response, born of a humble heart,
draw your Spirit to rest on your people.

(Alternate Opening Prayer for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)

-ConcordPastor

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