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This feast has been celebrated in the Catholic Church since the end of the fifteenth century.   

1st January, eight days after Christmas, commemorates the circumcision and naming of the child Jesus.

Saint Basil was born in 330 AD in Cesarea in Asia Minor, as one of six children.  All his siblings became priests, bishops and nuns in the Church.  He studied in the great cultural centres of the world, and became one of the greatest writers and speakers in the Christian Church. 

 

During the 4th and 5th centuries Nestorius, the patriarch of Constantinople, believed that Mary was the mother of God's human nature, but not His divine nature.

However, the Catholic Church decided that Christ was both fully God and fully human, and combined in one person, Jesus Christ.

The Catholic Church called Mary 'mother of God', because she gave birth to the Divine and human Jesus.

 

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