Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Mary, Our Mother, the One who gave birth to God.
Gothic - Art of Illumination by our Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit, O.P.

On this first day of the year, we joyfully and gratefully celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God, who is also our Mother.  We thank God for all the blessings received this past year and ask that he continues to enlighten the eyes of our hearts to know his love, his mercy, and his presence in each other and in our world.


Sub Tuum Praesidium

(Gregorian chant notation from the Liber Usualis (1961), p. 1861. Latin lyrics sung by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.)

The Dominican saints in heaven under Mary’s mantle  – fresco at San Domenico in Santa Sabina, Italy

Under thy protection
we seek refuge,
Holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions
in our needs,
but from all dangers
deliver us always,
Virgin Glorious and Blessed.

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