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Mother of God, Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us! – January 1 Solemnity

January 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Mary, Seasonal, Solemnity

Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us!


Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

“The Apostle tells us: ‘The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, 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 fron 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 corruptmble body must put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.' ” (From the second reading of the Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours).


Art: Madonna, Franz Defregger, 1886, PD-US author's term of life plus 80 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography.

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  • clare

    Franciscans long, long time ago greeted each other with the words, ‘Peace and Good’.

    The exception was on the Feast Days of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

    Thus the greetings would be, ‘Hail Mary’

    to all on this most Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady,


    • Becky Ward

      I love this! Thanks for sharing!

      We have lost touch with the practice of blessing one another. May we revive in this new year, the practice of blessing homes and people we visit with the Lord’s peace.

  • judeen

     I was told once if I was worried about my kids to chain them to the imaculate heart of mary…. with my husband And I saying a rosarary for them… and had a mass said for them…wow… what a change..!! this world is full of stuff we do not know is happening… we need to combat spells and things that attack our kids with the blessed things God has given us… and blessed Mother Mary is a powerful one.. chaining people to her heart… and she will bring them to God.

  • Guest

    On this Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, and World Day of Peace, we need to pray for an increase in peace.

  • So belatedly do I Greet you all – my “Beloved Family” with the Holy Name of my Personal Patron.  May she be the protector and intercessor for all of you and your Loved Ones, this New Year and all the days of your lives.

    • LizEst

      Thanks Mary. Still praying for you!

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