As with Neil, I wish all our readers a most peaceable and blessed new year. The Roman Rite’s alternative opening prayer* for today’s feast expresses so well the nature of the season and observance today:
Father, source of light in every age, the Virgin conceived and bore your Son who is called Wonderful God, Prince of Peace.
May her prayer, the gift of a mother’s love, be your people’s joy through all ages.
May her response, born of a humble heart, draw your Spirit to rest on your people.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
* all of which are omitted in the soon-to-be-issued Roman Missal III