Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity

January 1, 2023

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Mary, the Mother of God

Homilist: Rev. Robert C. Cilinski
Guest Choir: Church of Nativity Youth Choir, Burke, Virginia
Archive Date: January 1, 2017


The Shepherds Visit Mary, Joseph, and the Newborn Jesus

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The angel Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus Christ to shepherds watching their sheep in the fields. The shepherds visit Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus, who is wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.



Mary Pondered

Today’s feast focuses on the role of Mary in the wonderful miracle of the Incarnation. She was closest to all that happened, and it was she who came to know that God is here with, for and among us. As we celebrate this feast of Mary as the Mother of God, we, too, pause to ponder. What does it mean to be the Mother of God? What does this title say about Mary? About God? About us? And about the church that gave her this title? We begin this new year with fascinating questions.

SOURCE: Excerpt by Joan DeMerchant; taken from the Cycle C Sunday Resources feature series. View the full series which has commentary, planning and prayer resources originally published in Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource which served readers from 1972 until 2019.

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Opening the Word

Numbers 6:22-27

They will call down my name on the sons of Israel and I will bless them.

  • God invites the Israelites to ask for a blessing at any time and for any reason.
  • There are three parts to this blessing.
  • God’s blessing is permanent and forever effective.

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Galatians 4:4-7

When his appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman.

  • We are sons and daughters of God.
  • We are not slaves under the law, but adopted heirs.
  • God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts.

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 Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the crib… When the eighth day came they gave him the name of Jesus.

  • The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to find the Holy Family.
  • The shepherds share the message that had been told to them.
  • When the infant was eight days old, he was given the name Jesus.

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SOURCES: Content adapted from Our Sunday VisitorThe clipart is from the archive of Father Richard Lonsdale © 2000. The clipart may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.

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