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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Orazio Gentileschi 1565-1647, Madonna And Child
January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.
Below are some ideas for celebrating this day with your family.
"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
This day honoring Mary as the Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation, so the principal activity to celebrate the day is to attend mass. • Pray the Rosary (as a whole or a decade, or even just a Hail Mary as a family) • Pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary • Pray the Magnificat • Pray the Angelus
• Have a white meal to symbolize Mary’s purity. • There are numerous ideas at Catholic Cuisine including
• Create a Mary candle as a centerpiece for a table or mantle with a white pillar candle
and embellishing it with blue and white cloth or decorative details and light
this candle during prayer time • Color Charlotte's coloring page of Mary, Mother of God • Sing Immaculate Mary
"Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us"