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Explanation of Holy Days

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

This feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus.   On this day, we are reminded of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father prepared Mary to be the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men.  Christ’s birth was made possible by Mary’s fiat, or sanctioning of God’s plan with her words, “Be it done to me according to thy word”.  Calling Mary “Mother of God” is the highest honor we can give to her.  Just as Christmas honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace”.  New Year’s Day is also designated as the “World Day of Peace”, further acknowledging the role of Mary in our hearts and in our world.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the feast day we celebrate Mary's assumption into Heaven when her earthly life ended.

The Solemnity of All Saints

All Saints' Day is the feast day on which we celebrate the saints of the Catholic Church who have attained heaven.  It is celebrated on November 1 each year.  It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and are in the purificaqtion process as they enter into the fullness of heaven. and not yet reached heaven.

 

 

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the immaculate conception of Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother of God.   It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. It is one of the most important feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church and is celebrated worldwide.

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ celebrates the birth of Jesus.  It is celebrated on December 25 each year world-wide.