31 Dec 2016

1 January 2017 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

On this the first day of the New Year, the SS102fm team wishes you and yours every best wish and blessing for a New Year as we continue to celebrate Christmastide.

On today's programme we have a reflection on New Year from Sr Dympna Clancy. We have our regular reflection on this weeks gospel as well as some liturgical odds & ends including the selection of the blog patron saint for 2017.

You can listen to today's programme podcast available HERE.

A New Years reflection

January is personified by the two faced Roman god Janus which is a good metaphor which allows us to look back - to give thanks, and reflect on what might have been the burdens for 2016 - and also to look forward into 2017 and what we may wish and pray for.

Sr Dympna leads us through a reflection on the New Year, time and peace. 

You can listen to the thought provoking reflection from Sr Dympna here.

Gospel - LK 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,and the infant lying in the manger.When they saw this,they made known the message that had been told them about this child.All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.  
And Mary kept all these things,reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned,glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire

Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans

Pope Francis: Homily for First Vespers for Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God 

OSV - A contemplative heart - We celebrate the Blessed Mother because it is through her that Christ was born for our salvation


Pope Francis: homily for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
No apple pie, but lots on mom from Pope Francis on Mary’s feast 
The Oldest hymn to Mary Mother of God - Greek hymn to the Theotokos dates back to third century

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2

Saints of the Week

January 1st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 2nd - St Basil and St Gregory Nazianzen 
January 3rd - St Munchin (Patron of the diocese of Limerick) also the Holy Name of Jesus
January 4th - St Elizabeth Ann Seton
January 5th - St Charles of St Andrew 
January 6th - Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord 
January 7th - St Raymond of Penyafort
January 8th - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (and the end of Christmastide)

Blog Patron Saints

Each year we follow a monastic tradition of picking a patron saint for the year and also a patron saint for the blog. You can pick one for yourself by heading over to the Saint Name Generator.

Blog Patron Saint - St Elizabeth of Portugal

SS102fm team patron saints for 2017

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