National Shrine of Mary, Mother of
Mother of God
Feast Day January 1
In the MMG we
recognize that our prodigal loved ones are also Mary's children. She knows
the pain of feeling helpless as a grown child walks into trouble in the world.
We trust that because she loves our prodigals with a mother's love, she will
watch over them if we ask. In intercession for them, she will carry our
prayers to the throne of her Son, Jesus.
"Mary, Mother of God"
titles given by Christians to the Blessed Virgin was Theotokos (God-bearer).
It became the touchstone of the Church’s
teaching about the Incarnation.
Other themes come together at today’s celebration. It is the Octave of
Christmas: Our remembrance of Mary’s divine motherhood injects a further
note of Christmas joy. It is a day of prayer for world peace: Mary is the
mother of the Prince of Peace. It is the first day of a new year: Mary
continues to bring new life to her children—who are also God’s children.
Prayer to the Mother of God
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone
who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession
was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of
virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and
sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in
thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.