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.
Mary's Birthday Today, September 8, is the Feast of the Birth of Mary, the Mother of God, or as the Greeks call her, the Theotokos or God-bearer. St. Mary’s birthday doesn’t get celebrated this year because Sundays always take precedence over the feasts of saints. The four canonical gospels tell us nothing about Mary’s birth, but the apocryphal sources (early church collections not accepted into the official Bible but widely circulated as being true) tell us the names of her parents, Joachim and Anne, and their long desired conception of a child. In thanks to God, they gave their young daughter [...]