Benedict XVI’s sermon for 1 January

Here is a taste of the beginning of the Holy Father’s sermon for 1 January, Mary, Mother of God, in my translation.  I suppose the whole thing will be translated eventually elsewhere.

Once again enveloped in the spiritual atmosphere of Christmas, in which we contemplated the mystery of the birth of Christ, today we celebrate with the same sentiments the Virgin Mary, whom the Church venerates as Mother of God, in as much as she gave flesh to the Son of the Eternal Father.  The biblical readings of this solemnity put the stress principally on the Son of God made man and on the “Name” of the Lord.  The first reading presents the solemn blessing which the priests pronounced on the Israelites on great religious feasts: it is distinguished by the Name of the Lord, repeated three times, so as to express the fullness and the force that derives from such an invocation.  This text of liturgical benediction, in fact, evokes the riches of grace and of peace which God gives to man, with a benevolent disposition for us, that manifests itself with the “shining” (“rispendere”) of the divine face and the “turning itself” (“rivolgerlo”) towards us.


Just a taste.

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  1. Mariana says:

    Sounds like the Aaronic blessing, so that would be “make His face shine upon you” and “turn His face towards you.”

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