Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

May try something a little different this year:

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. According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the Solemnity of Circumcision of Our Lord.

“Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church’s Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the “Seat of Wisdom.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church 721

via Liturgical Year : Octave of Christmas and Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation USA) : January 01, 2013 – Catholic Culture.

Protestants tend to shy away from the role Mary plays in Christianity. That’s right. Plays.

Present Tense.

Take today to mediate.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

  1. The reason we shy away, IMO, is largely because it is so over-emphasised in the RC tradition. If we could only strike a happy medium.

  2. I am somewhat saddened to see the ancient celebration of The Circumcision abandoned, not least of all because it gave us the opportunity to wish one another a “Merry Brismas.”

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