* MARY MOTHER of GODMARY MOTHER of GOD
* Glenstal Martyrology: In the early Roman liturgy, the commemoration of Mary's birth and divine motherhood were celebrated on this day, as witnessed by the solemn statio of "Santa Maria ad martyres" on January first. In the Byzantine East, on the other hand, the Sinaxis of the Holy Mother of God has long been celebrated on the day after Christmas, December 26. Under Gallican influence, and following Pope Sergius' introduction of several Marian feasts of Eastern origin into the Western liturgy in the seventh century, the commemoration of Mary on January 1 was replaced by the feast of the Lord's Circumcision. This feast helped to ground the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation in history by symbolically separating the critical moments in the Word's design of salvation. Today, the fact that these different influences have been gathered together into a single solemnity allows the Western church to express the essential meaning of the Incarnation during the Christmas Octave by celebrating Mary as Mother of God, Theotokos.
* EPIPHANY of the LORDEPIPHANY of the LORD
“What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would give a lamb,
If I were a wise man, I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give, give my heart.”
* Glenstal Martyrology: Epiphany is the Greek word for manifestation. Today's solemnity, which is called by this name or the almost identical name Theophany in both the East and the West, has origins that are probably more ancient than those of Christmas.
The solemnity of the Epiphany was first celebrated in the Church of Egypt, probably in order to give the pagan feast celebrated on January 6th an orthodox interpretation. On this day Christians of every liturgical tradition have always commemorated the manifestation of the Word of God to humanity in three different events, or theophanies.
At his birth, the Messiah is revealed to the nations, represented by the Magi; at his baptism, he reveals himself to the people of Israel; and through the miracle at Cana, Jesus reveals his divinity to his disciples, who represent the Church. The feast of the Epiphany soon began to be observed in all of the churches, and it is universally and unanimously attested as early as the beginning of the fifth century.
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Oliver Quirke (1917-2007) Professed monk 1939
* Glenstal Menologium:
The anniversary of the erection of the Conventual Priory of Glenstal into an Abbey by the apostolic brief Insula Sanctorum of Pope Pius XII.
The essential passage of the document reads:
'...Our beloved son therefore, Théodore Neve, Abbot President of the Belgian Congregation, under the title of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Order of St Benedict, petitioned us that a Conventual Priory of Sts Joseph and Columba be raised to that dignity.
In accordance with our own affection for the sons of St Benedict, and on the recommendation of the Sacred Congregation of Religious, by our Apostolic authority, and in virtue of the present letter, we willingly erect the Conventual Priory of Sts Joseph and Columba established in Glenstal into an Abbey in perpetuity.
Belonging as it does to the Belgian Congregation under the title of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the same Order, we grant it participation in all rights and privileges of the same religious Congregation, and we permit the Chapter of the Abbey now erected by us to elect the first Abbot'
....Given under the seal of the Fisherman
10 January 1957
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Thomas Scott (1878-1974) of the Diocese of Southwark. On retiring from active ministry, entered Glenstal and made his oblation in January 1965.
* Glenstal Menologium:
Anniversary of Blessed Columba Marmion.
Born Dublin 1958, Ordained Rome 1881, entered Maredsous 1886, elected 3rd Abbot of Maredsous in 1909, died 1923.
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 3 September 2000, who in the course of the Beatification ceremony prayed for a widespread rediscovery of Marmion's writings and added 'Dom Marmion left us an authentic treasure of spiritual teaching for the Church of our time'.
“Do everything with consultation and you will have no regrets when the deed is done.”