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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What it is and How to Celebrate

First off, a little theology is needed to explain what this feast day is. 

Mary is the Mother of God, as she is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. Her title Theotokos, “The God bearer”, goes back to the Council of Ephesus in the year 431. It was the first Marian dogma of the church. The solemnity of the Mother of God falls within the octave of Christmas on January 1st. This placement makes the Christmas season all the more sweeter, in our opinion, with the added celebration of Mary’s motherhood and her gift to us in bearing her son, and her role in our salvation. 


Here is how we are celebrating this beautiful Marian feast day at The Little Rose Shop:

  1. Get thyself to Mass! It is a holy day of obligation and it also is a beautiful way to start off the new year, in thanksgiving and in awe of Mary’s yes.
  2. Pray the Rosary! No prayer is as beautiful or as powerful to the intercession of our mother as the Rosary. Follow along with The Little Rose Shop here.  

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      3. Sing or memorize a Marian hymn and sing together as a family. After all, singing is praying twice in the words of Saint Augustine. Our staff particularly love these ones: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman; Holy is His Name, or the Salve Regina.

4. Print off one of our many FREE Mary coloring pages   and hang them up in a place of honor in your home.