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Holy Mother of God! This was the joyful acclamation of the holy people of God echoing in the streets of Ephesus in the year 431, when the Council Fathers proclaimed Mary the Mother of God. This truth is a fundamental datum of faith, but above all, it is a marvelous fact. God has a Mother and is thus bound forever to our humanity, like a child to its mother, to the point that our humanity is his humanity.

By Jesus being born of Mary, God showed his concrete love for our humanity, embracing it truly and fully. Brothers and sisters, God does not love us in words but in deeds; not from “on high,” but “up close,” precisely from “within” our flesh, because in Mary the Word became flesh, because Christ continues to have a heart of flesh that beats for each and every one of us!  

 – Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, January 1, 2023, St. Peter’s Basilica

The great Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, is celebrated each year on January 1. Because the feast day falls on a Monday this year, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted. Mass will be held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at 12:10 p.m., CT. All are invited to join us in person or in spirit. Send us your petitions to be remembered and/or request a Votive Light to burn.  

Reciting this beautiful Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a fitting way to celebrate and honor the Mother of God.
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As this year’s Christmas Novena of Masses comes to a close, everyone here at Mary’s Association, along with the Vincentian priests and brothers serving at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, wish you and your family a blessed and peace-filled Christmas season!  

May your home be a haven of love and prayer as you strive to reflect the perfection of the Holy Family in living out God’s will. Here is our Christmas prayer for you.   

Our office will be closed December 25 – 27 so that the Association’s staff can celebrate Christmas at home with loved ones. However, the beautifully decorated Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, as well as the Rosary Walk, grotto, and grounds, will remain open for your prayerful pilgrimage. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be closed on December 24 and 25, but will re-open on December 26.
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“And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us … ” (John 1:14a)

Jesus is the Word made flesh, Heaven’s answer to humanity’s fallen sinfulness. The humble and unreserved “fiat” of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, delivered to all people the inestimable gift of eternal salvation in Jesus, God’s only begotten Son.  

Celebrate this Christmas with the Association of the Miraculous Medal during our annual Novena of Masses leading up to the birth of Our Lord and Savior. Add your intentions of adoration, repentance, thanksgiving, and intercession for remembrance.  

Your petitions will represent your prayerful presence here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal from December 16-24. Request a Votive Light in honor of the Word made flesh, the Son of God, entrusted to us through the loving, tender care of Our Lady, full of grace!

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Receiving a hand-addressed card in the mail can be the highlight of someone’s day — especially someone who may live alone or be facing a difficult trial right now. 

Request the Association’s winter Votive Light card to announce your prayerful remembrance of a loved one near or far. 

Your love and care will be long remembered while the rays of your Votive Light illuminate the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, a sign of your thoughtful gesture in the new year!

Request the Votive Light card here. Or, call us at 1-800-264-6279, or email ammfather@amm.org.

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