Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Your petitions will be before Christ at His Holy Sacrifice tomorrow. Much love, happiness, health and grace to each and every one of you.


Jack O'Malley said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Carol.

And a blessed Feast of the Circumcision too. Remember that one? What is it called now? I haven't kept up with the masonic novus ordo seclorum calendar in the ordinary form of the York Rite.

I don't make New Year's resolutions but I have a New Year's wish: that we get a new archbishop and he fires the Braintree junta. I ask this in the name of the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the good of His Church here in Boston.

Let's see whether the scriptural words prove true.

TTC said...

Happy New Year Jack!!

Cleaning house at the digs could possibly be classified as a miracle.

Keep praying!

KD said...

Agreed, cleaning house Would be a Miracle!

Happy & Holy 2013 Carol, God Bless and Protect You Always!

TTC said...

Thanks KD! And to you and your home.

Jack, - it's the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The readings do mention the circumcision. As much as I wonder how politically correct the motive was, I rather like how it all worked out. Can't go wrong honoring the Blessed Mother on the First day of the year.

Maria said...

"Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
When Pope Paul VI, after the Second Vatican Council, established January 1 as the solemn feast of Mary, the Mother of God, he gave his reasons for this dramatic change.

Recall that for centuries January had been the feast of Christ’s Circumcision, as we read in St. Luke’s Gospel. “And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” (Luke 2:21). One reason why January 1 became the feast of Our Lady’s Divine Maternity is that, originally, the Church celebrated on this day the Octave of Christmas, and only later on did it also become the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord.

Here is what the Pope declared in explanation of the new title for the feast on January 1.

In the revised arrangement of the Christmas season, we should all turn with one mind to the restored solemnity of the Mother of God. This feast was entered into the calendar in the liturgy of the city of Rome for the first day of January. The purpose of the celebration is to honor the role of Mary in the mystery of salvation and at the same time to sing the praises of the unique dignity thus coming to “the Holy Mother… through whom we have been given the gift of the Author of life.” This same solemnity also offers an excellent opportunity to renew the adoration rightfully to be shown to the newborn Prince of Peace, as we once again hear the good tidings of great joy and pray to God, through the intercession of the Queen of Peace, for the priceless gift of peace. Because of these considerations and the fact that the octave of Christmas coincides with a day of hope, New Year’s Day, we have assigned to it the observance of the World Day of Peace (Paul VI, Marialis Cultus, Feb. 2, 1974, no.5).
Accordingly, the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, is simultaneously three feasts of Our Lady all in one:

Mary, the Mother of God,

Mary, the Mother of divine grace, and

Mary, Queen of Peace."

Servant of God John Hardon SJ

I did not know this Jack...I was drinking a lot of bourbon in Boston at the time :) I thought you might be interested in this article. Here is the link:

God bless you Carol mon frere. I send Ave's up for you in retun, suspect though your prayers may be lol ;)


Ave Maria by Morten Lauridsen:

Mary, the Mother of God,

Mary, the Mother of divine grace, and

Mary, Queen of Peace


TTC said...


Wow - loved this explanation of history. I love spending the first day of the year venerating the Mother of God and asking her for assistance, protection, prayers and guidance.

Maybe missing the feast of circumcision is a guy thing. :)