Before this Solemnity is over, I wanted to share with you what Brother John, a Marianist brother, shared with me:
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Octave of Christmas
May we always profit from the prayers of the Virgin Mother Mary.
May her prayer, the gift of a mother's love, be our joy throughout this new year.
We proclaim the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of Christ and the Mother of the Church.
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The birth of Christ is the source of life for the Christian people, and the birthday of the head is the birthday of the body.
--Pope St. Leo the Great