In the Catholic Church, Jan. 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the mother of God. Many are not comfortable calling Jesus’ mother, the mother of God. Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosi has an interesting article titled, Mary, Mother of God?, which discusses how this title of our Blessed Mother came to be and the history behind it.
I always enjoy attending Mass on New Years Day as a family to set the new year off right. We went to the vigil Mass Saturday night, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. since we knew we would be out late ringing in the new year with friends. So we played Wii games with 2 other families and then rang in the new year with glasses of champagne and the kids had sparkling grape juice (out of real wine glasses!) They loved it!
This weekend, our homeschool group will have our annual Epiphany party. We have a get-together after the Christmas rush, and it’s nice to come together in fun and fellowship just before the second half of our school year begins. I’ll be bringing the frankincense and myrrh that Anna-Marie at Life’s Adventures posted about and then she sent me some in the mail. I look forward to bringing these nativity gifts to our Epiphany party! For a great article about the Epiphany feast day be sure to read The Epiphany Revealed!
May you have a blessed 2012!