The Inner Struggle

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, 2013

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January 1st is the the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God and is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus Christ, whom Christians see as the Lord, Son of God.[1]

It is celebrated by the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church on 1 January, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide, and in some countries is a Holy day of obligation.

Christians of Byzantine Rite and of all West Syrian Rite, South Syrian Rites and East Syrian Rites celebrate Mary as Mother of God on 26 December and the Coptic Church does so on 16 January.[2]

The Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church observe the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on January 1.[3]

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Μήτηρ Θεοῦ (Mother of God), is poetically called Πλατυτέρα τῶν οὐρανῶν (more spacious than the heavens), because she contained in her womb the Creator of the universe

Pax Vobiscum



Semper Fidelis

“No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”