January 1 is an important day in the Church's liturgy.
There is a lot that we commemorate on this day!
What we are celebrating, and why we are celebrating it now, can be a little confusing.
Here are nine things you should know . . .
1. What exactly are we celebrating on January 1?
According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar [.pdf]:
1 January, the octave day of the Nativity of the Lord, is the Solemnity of Mary, the holy Mother of God, and also the commemoration of the conferral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus [Norms, 35f].
2. Didn't this day used to signify something else?
Yes. Pope Benedict explains:
It was Pope Paul VI who moved to...READ MORE