In the ancient liturgy 1st January was the feast of the Circumcision of the Child Jesus, in order to stress the corporal truth that God became real a human being, and a man. By this way Divine Child already shed a first drop of His blood, indicating that he came to redeem humanity through the shedding of His blood. The liturgical text of that day speak, however, of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the new liturgy 1st of January is therefore the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Both mysteries are inseparably united: the very truth of the Incarnation and the true maternity of the Virgin Mary, who became the Mother of God, since she gave birth to Jesus Christ, who is the Second Person in the Holy Trinity, the Eternal Son of the Father.
The same day of 1st January is also the day, at which was given to the Incarnated God the name “Jesus”. It is for us a joy and consolation that we begin a new year of our life, and that human history enters into a new year under the invocation and protection of the two holiest names, namely the name of Jesus and Mary.