Vol: 45, No.8 MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD ( B) January 01 2018  
Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King who rules heaven and earth for ever. (Isa 9:1, 5)
‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.’ And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” These four statements taken from Luke’s Gospel explain the rationale for calling Mary as the Mother of God and keeping that feast on the first day of the New Year. The Church wants to begin the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and vigour, and no better way can be found than beginning it under the patronage of Mary, the mother of God. Let us invoke Mary, our heavenly mother, for the graces we need to accomplish our own mission in this New Year. (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done/and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and you, my brothers and sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our God.
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(God tells Moses to bless the people. The blessing includes protection, contentment, graciousness and peace).
A reading from the Book of Numbers

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (67)
Response: O God, be gracious and bless us.
God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help. R/
Let the nations be glad and exult, for you
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