01 January 2014

'Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.' Happy New Year!

Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God

So the shepherds went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:16-21, NRSV CE)

May God, the source and origin of all blessing, 
grant you grace,
 pour out his blessing of abundance, 
and keep you safe from harm throughout the year.

(Roman Missal, Solemn Blessings, The Beginning of the Year)

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