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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – YEAR C by Fr. Linh

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Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38

 

Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you.

 

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

 

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

 

Saint’s Words on the Immaculate Conception:

Lo, thou the glory of the great earth,

purest of women over all the world

of all who have been since time began

how right it is that all voices,

all heroes on earth, hail thee, and say

with blithe mood that thou art the bride

of the Noblest One, the sky’s King.

 

So too the highest in the heavens,

Christ’s thanes, cry out and sing

that thou art Lady by thy holy might

of the glorious armies, of the race of men

living under the heavens, and of all hell-dwellers.

For thou alone of all mankind

thought gloriously in thy strong mind

that thou wouldst bring to thy Maker

thy maidenhood, give it, sinless.

 

Not again with such another come of men

a maiden ring-adorned who will thus send heaven-homeward

with ever pure heart her bright treasure.

So the Lord of triumphs bade His high messenger

fly hither from his strong glory,

and say to thee that His might should speed thee,

and thou shouldst bear the Lord’s Son,

coming soon in mercy to men,

and thou, Maria, forever and ever be help unstained.

– Cynewulf (ninth century)

 

Prayer to the Immaculate Conception:

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.

 

Amen.

  


 

This article was published on Tuesday 08 December, 2009.

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