Friday, November 29, 2013

Immaculate Conception Novena

In anticipation of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th) consider joiing the Children's Rosary in saying this novena from November 29th through December 7th.
La Purísima Inmaculada Concepción
by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1678, now in Museo del Prado, Spain.

Immaculte Conception Novena
O God,  who by the Immaculate Conception 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 

did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, 
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, 
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,  to come unto You. 
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,  Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
God, world without end. 


(novena obtained from EWTN website)

Church Teaching on the Immaculate Conception:

“Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, 'full of grace' through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:

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”. (Catechism of the Catholic Faith, 491).

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