The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus Christ, whom Catholics recognize as the Lord, Son of God. It is celebrated by the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church on 1 January, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide.
Among some sects there has always been certain difficulties with the Blessed Virgin’s title as “Mother of God.” As if somehow We believe that Mary may be divine herself. This view is not the case at all. There were Christological arguments early on which doubted the divinity of Christ. Giving Mary this exalted title simply recognizes that Jesus, himself was fully God, in human flesh.
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.