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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2015

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2013

At the Holy Hour
Eph 4:22-24, 4:30–5:2

We stand upon the brink of a new year. 2012, with all that it meant, is receding into the past: all its joys, all its sorrows, all of our choices and actions that we are proud of, all of those that we wish we could do over; all now behind us. And ahead of us, at our very feet, opens the vista of 2013: untrodden, unknown, open, full of possibilities.

On Christmas Day in 1939, King George VI of England quoted from a poem in his radio message. He read:

Con la Virgen María como madre y guía, ¡sé lo que eres!

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Santa María, Madre de Dios: 1 Enero 2012
Nm 6, 22-27; Sal 66; Gal 4, 4-7; Lc 2, 16-21

“Cumplidos los ocho días, circuncidaron al niño y le pusieron el nombre de Jesús.”

Hoy llegamos al día octavo de la octava de Navidad. Ésta es una práctica de la Iglesia: las fiestas más importantes, para que no desaparezcan demasiado rápido, celebramos no sólo un día, sino regresamos a ellas otra vez en el día octavo, como un eco. O las celebramos en todos los ocho días, cambiando un día en ocho. Y así, actualmente, celebramos la octava de Navidad y la octava de la Pascua.

Y tenemos una razón muy natural para celebrar la Navidad así porque, como oímos, en el día octavo después de su natividad, nuestro Señor fue circuncidado y dado el nombre de Jesús. (more…)

In this New Year, embrace the Virgin Mary as your mother and your guide

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Mary, the Holy Mother of God: January 1, 2012
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus.”

The Church has the practice of celebrating the octave of certain important feast days. Rather than just letting them slip away after one day of celebration, we return to celebrate them again on the eighth day, as a sort of echo. Or we celebrate all eight days, stretching one day into eight. And so it is that we currently celebrate the Octave of Christmas and the Octave of Easter.

And we have a natural reason to do this in the case of Christmas since, as we heard, on the eighth day after his birth, our Lord was circumcised and given the name Jesus. (more…)