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Thursday, December 8, 2005
The Immaculate Conception
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Solemnity (1969 Calendar): December 8
Double of the I Class (1955 Calendar): December 8

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the faith stating that Mary was conceived sinless in the womb of her mother Anne, and Mary remained without sin throughout her entire life. Remember, Mary is not just an average woman but the Mother of God; she is extraordinary (Luke 1:42). She is, by no means, divine in anyway, but she certainly is the greatest of all saints. She is the perfect model of charity. Let us try and imitate Mary by wearing her Brown Scapular and praying the Rosary. To imitate Mary, is to grow closer to Jesus Christ, Our Savior.

Read more on this Dogma. Also, the Brown Scapular is a great devotion to Mary with the promise that whoever dies wearing the scapular will not suffer eternal fire.

Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum:
An interval of a few months will again bring round that most happy day on which, fifty years ago, Our Predecessor Pius IX., Pontiff of holy memory, surrounded by a noble crown of Cardinals and Bishops, pronounced and promulgated with the authority of the infallible magisterium as a truth revealed by God that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the first instant of her conception was free from all stain of original sin. All the world knows the feelings with which the faithful of all the nations of the earth received this proclamation and the manifestations of public satisfaction and joy which greeted it, for truly there has not been in the memory of man any more universal or more harmonious expression of sentiment shown towards the august Mother of God or the Vicar of Jesus Christ.
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE ST. PIUS X ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, FEBRUARY 2, 1904


Sunday within the Octave of the Immaculate Conception (Older Calendar):

Remember to pray the Pledge against Indecent and Immoral Motion Pictures, requested by the American Bishops in 1938.

Video: Mass during Octave of the Immaculate Conception:


Prayer:

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the virgin, didst prepare for Thy Son a worthy habitation, we beseech Thee, that as Thou didst preserve her from every stain by the foreseen death of this Thy Son, so Thou wouldst grant that we also being cleansed from guilt by her intercession, may come to Thee. Through the same our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal
Image Source: Believed to be in the Public Domain, Title Unknown

4 comments:

del_button December 9, 2005 at 10:57 PM
tom said...

The Mother of God...how can this be denied that she was indeed the most special of all women. Still, many Christians do not hold her in high esteem, and accuse Catholics of worshipping her...Ah, well...as John Lennon said..When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom....let it be.

del_button December 8, 2007 at 12:30 PM
vickie said...

I am asked by many of my Christian friends, "Why do we worship Mary"? I simply reply, "We don't worship her, we Honor her, and if I'm not mistaken didn't God give us the Commandment to - HONOR our Mother and Father, Well that is what we are doing, we are Honoring her". After saying that I usually get the standard response of "OH"...

del_button November 19, 2008 at 7:48 PM
Anonymous said...

I am currently living in "The Bible Belt" or "Protestant Land". I am ask A LOT why we "worship Mary". I always tell them we don't worship Mary we praise her and when we need to, we ask her to speak to her son for us. Of course I'm then accused of "not having a personal relationship with God". But here's how I see it, was there ever a time growing up when you needed something but it was easier to ask your mom than it was to ask your dad? I don't see how this is any different.

del_button October 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM
Anonymous said...

Why would anyone EVER need someone to intercede for you when needing something from God? He loves you and will forgive you anything and even give you what you are asking for, if you truly believe in Him. Jesus said that NO ONE comes to the Father but through me. What does Mary have to do with it.

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