The first of January is not just New Years Day for Catholics. It is also the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It happens to fall on New Years not because the Catholic Church wanted to ring in the new year with Marian devotion, but because January 1 is the eighth day after Christmas. The Octave of Christmas, which began with the celebration of Jesus’ birth, ends with a celebration devoted to the woman who birthed Him. It seems fitting.
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