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.
Let us begin this new year by dedicating it to Mary, she gave birth to the Prince of Peace. Today we celebrate World Day of Peace – and we pray that peace comes to us all, and that all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.