The Immaculate Conception

Today, Catholics celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day when Mary was conceived without original sin. Right from her conception God prepared Mary for her most important role in all of humanity. Of all women, God chose Mary to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. The Mother of God had to be a most pure vessel in order to carry the Son of God. It was Mary’s yes, her fiat that changed the world.

The Angel Gabriel announces: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee.”

Mary wonders at this salutation.

The Angel assures her: “Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son.”

Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.

The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.

The Incarnation awaits Mary’s consent.

Mary answers: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word.”

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Immaculate Mary,
your praises we sing.
You reign now in Heaven
with Jesus our King.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

In Heaven the blessed
your glory proclaim;
On earth we your children
invoke your sweet name.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

We pray for our Mother,
the Church upon earth,
And bless, Holy Mary,
the land of our birth.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

We pray you, O Mother,
may God’s will be done
We pray for His glory,
may his Kingdom come.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
Lourdes Hymn

I found this beautiful picture of The Blessed Virgin Mary on Pinterest.

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