January 1 on the Church calendar

This icon by Aidan Hart is titled, The Mother of God and Savior. Notice that although Jesus is imaged as as a child, his muscularity and strength are beyond his years. At the same time, Mary is rendered as great, indeed large enough to be the Mother of God. A similar contrast in proportion is at work in the familiar Pieta where the figure of Mary is much larger than the Christ she holds in her lap. (Click on the images for larger versions.)

Pieta by Michelangelo

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

The scriptures for this day are unusually brief passages. You can take a look at them here.


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