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On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

We Celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Today we are making a donation to The Rosary Army:

Rosary Army Corp. is a 501(c)3 Catholic public charity that is dedicated to evangelizing the faith through promotion of the Rosary prayer. Rosary Army freely provides online instructions on how to make, pray and give away all-twine knotted rosaries either to individuals or organizations of their choosing or for Rosary Army’s worldwide distribution to those in need. Rosary Army will provide one free handmade all-twine knotted rosary to any individual of any faith around the world.

Furthermore, Rosary Army continues its evangelization efforts through public speaking engagements and ongoing productions of catechetical Catholic audio and video podcasts that are freely available for educational purposes on our website.

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On December 31 we usher in the New Year with late night champagne, half-baked resolutions and epic movies. But in the midst of this activity the Church asks us to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; a feast day of epic proportions and fulfilled covenants, a dogma that sheds as much light on the nature of Christ as it does on the nature of His mother.

The Church has defined four dogmas pertaining to Mary. They include Mary, the mother of God, her perpetual virginity, Immaculate Conception, and her assumption into heaven. It is because of the first Marian dogma that she has been privileged with the other three. Therefore, it is essential to understand the meaning and implications of this doctrine before attempting to explain the more complicated and controversial Marian dogmas.

The doctrine of Mary as the mother of God finds its roots in the New Testament when the archangel Gabriel says to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Lk 1:35). The Gospel of Matthew also affirms the doctrine in 1:23, “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us)”. This dogma was formally defined at the council of Ephesus in 431 when the Church gave Mary the official title Theotokos which literally means Christ-bearer.

Read more about Mary, Mother of God.

Here are the rest of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the donation recipients we have decided on so far.

Dec 26: St. Stephen – our local Serra Club (Catholic vocation club)
Dec 27: St. John the Evangelist – SQPN
Dec 28: Holy Innocents – our local crisis pregnancy center
Dec 29: Thomas Becket – Mind Your Head Coop
Dec 30: Holy Family – C-FAM
Dec 31: St. Sylvester – Catholics United for the Faith
Jan 1: Solemnity of Mary – Rosary Army
Jan 2: St. Basil – Aid to the Church in Need
Jan 3: Holy Name of Jesus – All for the Glory of God Ministries
Jan 4: St. Elizabeth Anne Seton – Missionaries of the Poor
Jan 5: St. John Neumann – Cardinal Newman Society
The Twelve Days of Christmas

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