Brace for the new year with gratitude, faith – Rector

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UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. leads the Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church. (Photo by Lexanne O. Garcia/The Varsitarian)

UST RECTOR Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. urged the faithful to emulate the Blessed Mother’s gratefulness and faithfulness amid fears and doubts in welcoming the New Year.

“She had her own fears, anxiety, and questions…but she never allowed [them] to overtake her faith in God. She accepted this wonderful mystery to be a permanent companion as she braced for the future,” he said during the Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

Dagohoy described Mary’s “January moment” as “reaching for the future with audacity and hope, without forgetting the past.”

He stressed that endings become good when one is grateful.

“When we are grateful, it means that we are faithful. And when we are faithful, we can be joyful. God is not only a God of history but also a God of new beginnings. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in God tonight,” he said.

The Mass ended with the singing of Te Deum, an early Christian hymn of praise, in thanksgiving for the past year.

The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is a holy day of obligation celebrated every Jan. 1 in honor of Mary’s divine motherhood to Jesus Christ.

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