Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception


"Let us then avoid sin, and pray to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, for a pure heart. 'Ave Maria, gratia plena!' Holy Mary, as you were full of grace on earth, so you are in heaven full of glory, as Queen of Heaven. But you are still full of grace for us poor pilgrims of earth. For thou art, as the Holy Father tells us, the treasurer of heavenly grace. Through thy hands graces are dispensed, which thy divine Son has merited. Thy hands are filled, as thou didst once appear to a Saint with shining jewels, the heavenly treasures of grace. Oh, stretch forth thy merciful hand, enrich and bless us, Mary! and keep us in the state of grace. Pray for us, Mary! Amen."

St. John Vianney

1 comment:

Claire said...

There was a beautiful ceremony, with Our Holy Father, on EWTN celebrating the Immaculate Conception at the Spanish Steps in Rome. It will be repeated at 11pm tonight, Dec. 8th