Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.
Today celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics here in the Philippines. This feast is not about the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, but it is about the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother St. Anne and by her father, St. Joachim. As per Roman Catholic doctrine, from the very moment of her conception, she was already filled with the grace of God and her most pure soul has never been stained with sin so she could be a pure vessel worthy of carrying the Lord Jesus in her womb and through her God could enter the world.
Prayer to the Immaculate Conception
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.
Invocaion in honor of Mary Immaculate
Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you