January 1

The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God


We close out the Christmas octave—the eight days following the birth of Christ—with a day honoring Mary as the Mother of God. Take time to read about the Mother of God today.

Pope Francis walks near a statue of Mary during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this May 29, 2013. CNS Photo/Paul Haring


"With his Mother's flesh God clothed himself, / Since from Virginity he was made man." — Prudentius, Hymn of the Divinity of Christ, 435-436


January 1 is also the World Day of Peace. There are a number of prayers for peace to choose from—pray one today.


Visit the US Catholic bishops' Action Center today to find out ways you can advocate for peace around the world.

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