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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Feast of the Circumcision)

Solemnity (1969 Calendar): January 1
Double of the II Class (1955 Calendar): January 1

Today we celebrate a very important feastday in the year. According to the 1969 Calendar, today is called the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. According to the Traditional Catholic Calendar of the Saints from 1955, today is called the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In both calendars today is the Octave Day of Christmas. Today is also a Holy Day of Obligation.

Today we proclaim Mary as the Mother of God, not just Jesus, but God. And by celebrating Mary as the Mother of God, we also reaffirm the truth of Jesus Christ being both true man and true God (the two natures of Christ). In 431, the Third General Council of the Church at Ephesus defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God. Thus, this must be believed by all Catholics. If a person would deny that Mary is the Mother of God, this person would not be a Catholic.

Before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, today was called the Feast of the Circumcision. We still remember Jesus' Presentation in the temple eight days after his birth when He was circumcised and given the holy name of Jesus (Luke 2:21

O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast bestowed upon mankind the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession for us, though whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


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