The Church celebrated the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. This is the oldest feast of Mary and a celebration of her motherhood of Jesus. Our Mother of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill section is one of the many parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia named in honor of our Blessed Mother. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Father Robert Bazzoli, O.S.F.S., pastor of Our Mother of Consolation Parish, preaches the homily during the 11 a.m. Mass for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1.
Altar server Eleanor St. John Sutton prepares the altar for the liturgy of the Eucharist.
Eugenie St. John Sutton carries the crucifix during the recessional of Mass.
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick prays during the Mass on Jan. 1, solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Cantor Mary Helen Hogan fills the church with music.
Lector Kevin Flynn reads the first reading of the Mass, which was also a day in the octave of Christmas.