Solemnity of Mary 2023: January 1, 2023 marks the Solemnity of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This is an observance and celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary that is celebrated by Catholics all over the world. It’s a day to remember and honor the beloved mother of Jesus Christ. Her humility and unwavering faith in God were traits that many look up to and strive to emulate. In this blog post, we will explore how this special day is celebrated around the world, as well as ways you can participate in honoring Mary on January 1st, 2023. Read on to learn more about this incredible day and how you can honor it in your own life.
What is the Solemnity of Mary?
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, is a feast day in the Catholic Church that celebrates Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on January 1st, and is considered a Holy Day of Obligation.
This feast day celebrates Mary as the mother of God and affirms her central role in Christian belief. The title “Mother of God” was first used at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, where it was decreed that Mary is to be called Theotokos, or “God-bearer”. This council also affirmed that Jesus Christ is fully human and fully divine – two natures in one person.
The Solemnity of Mary is a reminder that we are called to give honor and praise to God above all else. We also honor Mary on this day because she said “yes” to God’s plan for her life, even though she did not know what it would entail. Her humility and obedience are an example for us to follow.
On this feast day, we celebrate Mass and pray the Rosary. We also ask for Mary’s intercession – her prayers on our behalf – as we start the new year.
The History of the Solemnity of Mary
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is celebrated on January 1st each year. It is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
The feast was first celebrated in 325 AD by the Council of Nicea. The council fathers decreed that Mary should be honored as Theotokos, or “God-bearer.” This title affirmed that Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, is truly God.
In 589 AD, Pope St. Gregory the Great declared that the feast should be celebrated throughout the Church. And in 610 AD, Pope Boniface IV extended the feast to include all of Christianity.
The Solemnity of Mary celebrates not only Jesus’ birth but also His Divine nature. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine – two natures in one Person. And Mary played a key role in God’s plan of salvation!
On this feast day, we remember all that Mary has done for us and we give thanks to God for His great gift to us – His Son, our Savior!
Why We Celebrate the Solemnity of Mary
On the Solemnity of Mary, we celebrate the Mother of God. This feast falls on January 1st and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mother of God is a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. This title affirms Mary’s divine motherhood – she gave birth to the Son of God. The feast celebrates both Jesus and Mary – as Jesus is fully human and fully divine, and Mary is his mother.
The Solemnity of Mary commemorates two Mysteries of our faith – the Incarnation and the Divine Maternity. The Incarnation refers to when God became man – when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). The Divine Maternity refers to when Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is both true God and true man. So on this feast, we celebrate when God became man out of love for us, and we also celebrate Mary’s role in that Mystery.
Mary is often referred to as the “New Eve” because just as Eve was the mother of all humanity (Genesis 3:20), Mary is the mother of all who believe in Christ (John 19:26-27). As such, she is a powerful intercessor for us before her Son. On this feast, let us ask for her prayers that we may grow closer to Christ in this New Year!
Prayer for the Solemnity of Mary
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is a special day to celebrate the role of Mary in the incarnation of Christ. This feast day is celebrated on January 1st each year.
On this day, we remember how Mary said “yes” to God’s plan for her life and how she was obedient throughout her life, also we reflect on her role as the mother of Jesus and how she cared for him during his earthly life.
We pray that we would have the same obedience as Mary had and that we would be able to say “yes” to God’s plan for our lives. We also ask for Mary’s intercession as we journey through our faith.
We hope this article has provided you with a better understanding of the solemnity of Mary on January 1, 2023. The celebration of this special day serves as an annual reminder to all believers that God forever watches over us and will always be there to guide us through life’s many challenges. As we celebrate the solemnity of Mary each year, let it also be a time for reflection and prayer as we ask her intercession in our lives and trust in her loving embrace.
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