Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Vigil of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
"I Am The Immaculate Conception".
"Ego Sum Immaculata Conceptio".
Author: Lawrence OP on flickr
Our Lady of Lourdes.
In 1858, The Immaculate Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, near Lourdes, in France, in the cavern called “de Massabielle.” When asked to describe The Lady of The Vision, Bernadette said:
"She has the appearance of a young girl of sixteen or seventeen. She is dressed in a White Robe, girdled at the waist with a Blue Ribbon, which flows down all along Her Robe. She wears upon Her head a Veil, which is also White; this Veil gives just a glimpse of Her hair and then falls down at the back below Her waist. Her feet are bare, but covered by the last folds of Her Robe, except at the point where a Yellow Rose shines upon each of them. She holds on Her right arm a Rosary of White Beads with a Chain of Gold, shining like the two Roses on Her feet."
This Stained-Glass Window of Our Lady of Lourdes is in Llandudno Catholic Church, Wales.
This Vigil was, in 1879, extended by Pope Leo XIII to the whole Church.
Let us, on this day, ask The Immaculate Virgin to purify our hearts still more for tomorrow's Solemnity (Collect).
Mass: Veníte audíte.
The Gloria in excélsis is not said.
The Second Collect is of The Feria.
The Third Collect is of The Holy Ghost.