Study, Pray, Serve: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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Here are some of the themes for the readings for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

1st Reading – Number 6:22-27

  • The Lord directs Moses to speak to Aaron and his sons about how they are to bless the Israelites.
  • This “Blessing of Aaron” is still used by the Church today!

Psalm – 67:2-3,5-8

  • “May God bless us in his mercy.”
  • We praise God and ask that the Lord have pity on us and bless us.

2nd Reading – Galatians 4:4-7

  • In the fullness of time God sent his son, born of a woman, to ransom us so that we might have adoption.
  • We call upon the Lord as “Abba, Father!” and are heirs of God.

Gospel – Luke 2:16-21

  • This reading is also proclaimed at the Mass at Dawn on Christmas Day.
  • Mary is at the center of the passage, reflecting in her heart what God has done.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God


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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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