Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Feast Day 8 December.
Double of The First-Class
with an Octave.
The Immaculate Conception.
Illustration: UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
Used with Permission.
Having decided, from all Eternity, to make Mary The Mother of The Incarnate Word (Epistle), God willed that she should crush the head of the serpent from the moment of her Conception.
He covered her "with a Mantle of Holiness" (Introit) and, "preserving her Soul from all stain, He made her a worthy dwelling place for His Son" (Collect).
The Feast of The "Conception" of The Virgin was; from the 8th-Century A.D., Celebrated in The East on 9 December; from the 9th-Century A.D., in Ireland, on 3 May; and, in the 11th-Century, in England, on 8 December.
The Benedictines, with Saint Anselm, and The Franciscans, with Duns Scotus (1308), favoured The Feast of The "Immaculate Conception," which, in 1128, was kept in Anglo-Saxon Monasteries.
Like the Dawn, which announces the day, Mary precedes The Sun of Justice, which will soon illumine The World of Souls. Bringing to us her Son, it is she who first appears in The Liturgical Cycle.
Let us ask God "to heal us and to deliver us from all our sins" (Secret, Postcommunion) in order that, by the Graces which specially belong to The Feast of The "Immaculate", we may become more worthy of receiving Jesus in our hearts when He comes into them on 25 December.
Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Mass: Gaudens gaudébo.
Commemoration: Of The Feria.