On January 1, Daylesford Abbey celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This feast celebrates Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. January 1 is the eighth day of Christmastide in the Catholic Church leading up to the Epiphany on January 6. On the Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus as the incarnate of God. Christmas does not end on December 25 for Catholics. We celebrate the birth of Christ and the revelation of Jesus as God for days after.
We are halfway through Advent at Daylesford Abbey in preparation of celebrating the birth of Christ. Each Sunday of Advent follows a theme. The first week focuses on preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus. The second and third weeks focus on the teachings of John the Baptist about paving the way for the Savior to come and the joy associated with the coming of Jesus. The fourth week we place our focus on Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem to bring Jesus into our world. Advent of course ends with Christmas, the celebration of the birth of [...]