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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God

Friday, December 31, 2004
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Happy New Year everyone! I pray it is a new year filled with peace, love, joy and health to all who read this throughout the world. May Christ bless us all throughout the world on this new year, may we carry Him in our hearts, minds and lives and may Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, keep us all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace. From Minnesota to New Zealand to Australia to Asia to India and to China to Russia to Europe to the Middle East to Africa to South America to North America including my friends in Canada and Mexico may Love and Truth and Peace prevail throughout this New Year of 2005. Here are the Mass Readings for January 01, 2005. Please take a moment to meditate on God's word and unite yourself in pray with the Church throughout the world. May the God of love and Truth reign in all of our hearts throughout this new year!
January 1, 2005
The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God


Psalm: Saturday 3

Reading I
Nm 6:22-27


The LORD said to Moses:
"Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them."


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8


R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in his mercy.


Reading II
Gal 4:4-7


Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, "Abba, Father!"
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God.


Gospel
Lk 2:16-21


The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
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