Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Friday we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8). In the Office of Readings for this day, St. Anselm states, “Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night – everything that is subject to the power or use of man – rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and endowed with inexpressible new grace…The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness.”
As the Gospel for Mass reminds us, this was made possible because our Blessed Mother said yes to the Angel Gabriel. Her response to the heavenly messenger, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be done to me according to your word”, ensured that the Saviour would be born to us. It was from her own mother’s womb that Mary was conceived without sin.
In speaking about her Immaculate Conception, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The splendor of an entirely unique holiness by which Mary was enriched from the first instant of her conception comes wholly from Christ: she is redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places and chose her in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”(492).
We give thanks for our lovely Mother, who brought to the world “undefinable loveliness.” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”(Miraculous Medal)