From November 29-December 7

NOVENA for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

From November 29 to December 7
from Liturgical Novenas and Triduums by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik

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   This year on December 8th we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The painting to the near right depicts Pope Pius IX proclaiming ex cathedra this beautiful dogma of the Blessed Virgin Mary ever pure, Mother of the Son of God Jesus Christ, crowned with twelve stars on the farthest right. The United States is consecrated to the Immaculate Conception.

    In view of the merits of her Divine Son, Mary, your Mother, alone enjoyed the privilege of being preserved from Original Sin. From the moment of her conception God willed that she would crush the head of the serpent, having decided from all eternity to make her the Mother of the Incarnate Word. Mary was never, even for an instant, subject to the evil spirit. She was always in the state of Sanctifying Grace. On December 8th, 1854 Pius IX officially proclaimed this great dogma, making himself the mouthpiece of all Christian tradition. Take the Immaculate Virgin as the special protectress of the purity of your body and soul. Say three Hail Marys each morning and evening in honor of her Immaculate Conception for the grace of holy purity.

"A great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Apocalypse 12: 1)

    Let us celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary! Let us adore her Son, Christ our Lord!
    Glory be to the Father...

       Thou art all fair, O Mary, and the stain of Original Sin is not in thee. Thy garments are white as snow, and thy face is like the sun.
      Hail Mary...

    Thou art the glory of Jerusalem; thou art the Joy of Israel; thou art the Honor of our people (Judith 15: 10). Thou art the brightness of eternal light, and the image of His goodness (Wisdom 7: 26).
       Hail Mary...

    More than all other women upon earth, thou, O Virgin Mary, hast been blessed by the Lord God most high. Draw us, O Immaculate Virgin; we shall come after thee, breathing the sweet fragrance of thy virtues (Canticles 1: 3).
       Hail Mary...

Mary speaks:
    "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, and with the robe of holiness. He has covered me as a bride adorned with her jewels" Isaias 61: 10

    Today a branch grew out of the root of Jesse; today Mary was conceived without stain of sin; today she crushed the head of the ancient serpent. Grace abounds in her Conception, and she has appeared as the fairest of the daughters of men.



    O stainless Mother of the Lord
    While we thy glory chant,
    A gracious ear to us accord
    And Heavenly favor grant.


    A sad inheritance we own;
    In guilt our lives begin;
    Exempt from Adam's fall alone,
    Thou never knewest sin.


    Prone on the earth beneath thy heel
    The serpent's head remained;
    Thou only doest to Heaven reveal
    An origin unstained.


    Do thou whose glory takes away
    The shame of Mother Eve,
    Accept the tribute that we pay
    And all our wants relieve.
    From Satan's every dart and snare
    Our weakened souls defend,
    That so thy glory we may share,
    In joys that never end.


    To Thee, O Jesus, glory meet,
    The Virgin Mary's Son;
    To Father and to Paraclete
    Be equal honor done. Amen.

Priest: Pray for us, O Immaculate Virgin.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


   O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst make ready a fitting habitation for Thy Son, we beseech Thee that Thou Who didst keep her clean from all stain by the precious death of the same Thy Son, foreseen by Thee, mayest grant unto us in like manner to be made clean through her intercession and so attain unto Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Our Country

   All: O Mary Immaculate! Guard with loving care this country dedicated to thee. Let thy purity keep it pure. Watch over its institutions. As thou art the Refuge of all sinners, this country is the refuge of the exiled and the oppressed. Guide it ever in the ways of peace. Let not its prosperity be its ruin. Alas! Many of its children who know not what they do, are walking in uncertain paths which are dark, and lead them away from truth. Mother of all, pray for us and plead for them, that we, thy children, may love and adore thy adorable Son with more fervent faith, and that those who are wandering in error's path may, through thy intercession, return to the one Fold of the True Shepherd - to thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception
    November 29 - December 7