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Advent asks us to wait in joyful hope. In responding to this call, we can have no better teacher than Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. Her Seven Joys transform the Christmas season by reminding us to savor glad tidings, close relationships, and new beginnings.
A Mary Christmas completes a trilogy of books about the Catholic customs and traditions surrounding the celebration of Christmas, including A Franciscan Christmas and A Catholic Christmas. This book focuses on the Marian aspects of the Advent and Christmas seasons of Christmas, using the theme of the Seven Joys of Mary: the annunciation, the visitation, the nativity of our Lord, the adoration of the magi, the finding of the child Jesus in the temple, the appearance of risen Christ to his mother, and the assumption and coronation of Mary as queen of heaven. A Mary Christmas will provide inspiration and faith formation for parishes, schools and the general reader interested in a Catholic Christian approach to celebrating Christmas, in particular, illuminating Mary’s role in the Christmas story.
KATHLEEN M. CARROLL is managing editor of the book department at Franciscan Media. She is the author of A Franciscan Christmas, A Catholic Christmas, and Keeping the Faith in Ohio: Words of Hope and Comfort from Our Spiritual Leaders. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.