Friday, January 1, 2016

3 Ways to Celebrate Mary, Mother of God

I love that the Church gives us a Holy Day of Opportunity on New Year’s Day! It is the perfect way to start the new year. Many of us tend to have resolutions about reading scripture, doing more charity work, and going to church more. Luckily, the liturgical calendar agrees with the importance of starting the calendar year off right. I can’t imagine a better way to get into the New Year spirit than celebrating Mary, Mother of God. Let’s bring in the new year right by spending time with Our Lord and Our Lady. I’m guessing some of you aren’t Catholic and think the idea of a Holy Day of Opportunity dedicated to Mary is crazy. This post is for my Catholic brothers and sisters who are a little unsure on how to celebrate the New Year with the Mother of God. Not to worry friends, here are three ways you can celebrate:

  1. Mass: This one should be quite obvious since it’s a Holy Day of Opportunity. There is nothing in this world that would please Mother Mary more than having all her children at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is our greatest gift and the time we are closest to her son, so Google your local parish to find the Mass times. Offer the Mass for yourself and the whole body of Christ, that we draw closer to him 2016.
  2. Eucharistic Adoration: Again, Mary’s whole purpose for being is bringing Christ to the world. She gave birth to him in the flesh, and now she’s drawing you to Adoration. The parish I call home is blessed enough to have a perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. It’s a strong and difficult ministry that many parishes can’t support. But on this day, they may have it available, so check your bulletins. If none of the parishes in your area offer Adoration, get to Mass an hour early or stay an hour late. Waste some time with Jesus today.
  3. Rosary: Of course it wouldn’t be a list of of how to celebrate a Marian solemnity without mentioning our precious Rosary. I love the Rosary ever since I heard it described as 20 episodes in the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother. I tend to only pray one mystery per day, but on special days like this I challenge myself to all 20 decades. I usually have to offer up my knee pain for the holy souls in purgatory. If you are one of those people that prays an entire Rosary on your knees everyday, I praise God for your example of devotion to this special prayer. If the Rosary isn’t your devotion of choice, suck it up for Mom! I jest, of course, start with one decade or one mystery and go until you can’t anymore. Really try to put yourself in Mary’s shoes and see how she would have felt when the angel Gabriel came to her, when the lifeless body of her treasured son was laid in her sorrowful arms, or when she watched the Holy Spirit descend upon her like a tongue of fire. Looking at the passages of scripture using Mary’s eyes can be quite moving. Of course, with all prayer, it’s quality not quantity. Therefore, if you can only manage to pray one super deep decade, God bless you! Don’t push yourself through all 20 if you're more worried about college football. (There’s nothing wrong with college football, I’m pumped for bowl season, too.)

Well that’s all I have, 3 ways to celebrate Mary, Mother of God. I love Holy Days of Opportunity, they're just so full of…opportunity! Take some time to bury your heart in the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Allow her to help guide you this year into a deeper relationship with her son. 

In the comments below, let me know how you’re celebrating today. Also, don’t forget to subscribe, I’ll be talking about New Year’s resolutions next week. Thanks for stopping by, and have a sparkly day!

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  1. Lexie,

    Congratulations. May your blog flourish! Feel free to continue weighing in with us as well . May God bless you abundantly.

    1. Thank you so much for your support and your blog. Happy New Year and happy Mary, Mother of God!

  2. Welcome to the Catholic blogoshere Lexie! I'll be celebrating the Solemnity in prayer. [Mass] Found you by way of BIG C CATHOLICS.

    1. Thanks for the warm welcome! Happy Mary, Mother of God!