The Solemnity of Mary, The Mother of God

Happy New Year!
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It’s not only Mary’s feast day, but an important holy day of obligation in the Catholic church. We give her great honor for her fiat, her yes to God, to give birth to His only Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ.  “Be hold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word”.   
Salutation to Mary
(to be prayed at any time)

Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father!
Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son!
Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Ghost!
Hail Mary, Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity!
Hail Mary, Pure Lily of the Effulgent Trinity!
Hail Mary, Celestial Rose of the ineffable Love of God!
Hail Mary, Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born and with thy milk to be nourished!
Hail Mary, Virgin of Virgins!
Hail Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Whose soul a sword transfixed!
Hail Mary, Lady most blessed unto whom all power in Heaven and earth is given!
Hail Mary, My Queen and my Mother, my Life, my sweetness and my Hope!
Hail Mary, Mother most Amiable!
Hail Mary, Mother most Admirable!
Hail Mary, Mother of Divine Love!
Hail Mary, Immaculate, Conceived without sin!
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with Thee! Blessed art Thou among Women and Blessed be the Fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Blessed be thy Spouse, St. Joseph.
Blessed be thy Father, St. Joachim.
Blessed be thy Mother, St. Anne.
Blessed be thy Guardian, St. John.
Blessed be thy Holy Angel, St. Gabriel.
Glory be to God the Father, Who chose thee!
Glory be to God the Son, Who loved thee!
Glory be to God the Holy Spirit, Who espoused thee!
O Glorious Virgin Mary, may all men love and praise thee!
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us and bless us, now and at death, in the Name of Jesus, thy Divine Son! Amen.

New Year resolutions are made and broken just as fast as they are made. We usually want to exercise more, eat less, spend less, get more sleep, etc…Resolutions should be those improvements we can make in our lives that really can change us, not just physically, but spiritually. Here is a small list of resolution ideas for spiritual growth taken from the Benedictine Sisters of Florida:

10 Resolutions for a More Wholesome Life 

  • You shall not worry. It’s unproductive.
  • You shall not be fearful. Most things we fear never happen anyway.
  • You shall not cross bridges before you come to them.
  • You shall only handle one problem at a time.
  • You shall not take problems to bed. They make poor bedmates.
  • You shall not borrow other people’s problems.
  • You shall not try to relive yesterday. Focus on what is happening right now and be happy now!
  • You shall be a good listener because some people do know more than you do.
  • You shall not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent is rooted in self-pity.
  • You shall count your blessings including the small ones.

I wish everyone a very beautiful 2020!

May God Bless You and Keep You! May His Light Shine Upon You! May the Divine Assistance be always with You!


  1. Marian Catholic says:

    A happy and blessed New Year!

  2. Sue says:

    Just recently discovered your blog while searching for “Catholic home decorating”. Even better when I receive the little refreshers from you about our Catholic faith. I’ve been trying to locate the 10 resolutions in a laminated prayer card form. I think I going to have to make one myself.

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