About the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Feast Day: January 1, 2023
This feast day celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the mother of our Lord Jesus.
Daily Mass readings for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
- First Reading – Numbers 6:22-27: “The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8: “May God bless us in his mercy.”
- Second Reading – Galatians 4:4-7: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
- Gospel – Luke 2:16-21: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
As we begin the New Year, we place ourselves under the protection of the Mother of God, who is also our mother. May she help us to keep and ponder all things, unafraid of trials, in the joyful certainty that the Lord is faithful and knows how to change crosses into resurrections.Pope Francis
Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the saints? This lesson plan will help youth understand that it is like asking a friend to pray for you. And it points out that this type of “prayer” is not the same as worship.
The Yes No game is a fun activity for your youth group or youth ministry meeting. It can be tied in with teaching by reminding us that we need to say “Yes” to God.
Thinking about who Mary was as a person can bless your own prayer life.
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