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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. For many years, Jan. 1 was known as the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord and the Holy Name of Jesus.  This feast was based on the Jewish custom of circumcising and naming a male child on the eighth day after birth. However, an ancient tradition also celebrated the maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this same day.  Finally, in 1974, Pope Paul VI officially designated Jan. 1 as the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The feast of the Circumcision no longer appears on… Continue Reading