Monday, December 7, 2009

Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Dec. 8

St. Anne Conceiving the Virgin Mary
Jean Bellegambe The Elder

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.)

A Prayer
Father, you prepared the Virgin Mary to be the worthy mother of your Son.You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death,and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Hours

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