|"But Mary Kept All These Things and|
Pondered Them in Her Heart" (1888)
By Alice Havers
The Church has always celebrated the eighth day after Christmas, January 1. Originally, it was the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, because in the Jewish tradition, boys were given a special operation on the eighth day after they were born. Then, the name of the feast day was changed to the Holy Name of Jesus, because Jewish children were also named on the eighth day after birth. Now we call it the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and we take this opportunity to think about Mary's great faith in agreeing to be the mother of Jesus, no matter what that might mean for her. We also thank God that He chose to give us a Savior who was born of a woman, fully human so that He could die for our sin.
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