Immaculate Conception Novena Prayer
“O Immaculate Virgin!
Mary, conceived without sin!
Remember, you were miraculously
preserved from even the shadow
of sin, because you were destined
to become not only the Mother of God,
but also the mother, the refuge,
and the advocate of man;
penetrated therefore, with the
most lively confidence in your
we most humbly implore you
to look with favor upon the
intentions of this novena,
and to obtain for us the graces
and the favors we request.
You know, O Mary, how often our
hearts are the sanctuaries of God,
Who abhors iniquity.
Obtain for us, then, that angelic
purity which was your favorite virtue,
that purity of heart which will attach
us to God alone, and that purity of
intention which will consecrate
every thought, word, and action
to His greater glory.
Obtain also for us a constant spirit
of prayer and self-denial,
that we may recover by penance
that innocence which we have lost
by sin, and at length attain safely
to that blessed abode of the Saints,
where nothing defiled can enter.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
“Immaculate Conception” is the title given to Mother Mary that celebrates her conception free from original sin. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception a dogma of the Church on December 8, 1854:
“The Most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
He sited Genesis 3:15 where God told the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed.” The Church understands this to mean that this woman would never be under the power of sin. Mary would forever be in that exalted state of grace which the serpent had destroyed in man. Her continual union with grace explains her enmity with the serpent. Therefore, the Church believes that Mary was not only conceived without sin but was also free of sin throughout her life.
In Luke 1:28, theologians believed that the angel Gabriel’s greeting, which translates “Hail, full of grace”, meant that Mary was fully favored and filled with an abundance of grace.
God’s grace kept her free from sin throughout her life. God chose her from the beginning to be the Mother of Jesus and thus, made her worthy and without sin.
In 1858, in Lourdes, France, the blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times. During one of the apparitions, Our Lady told Bernadette to tell the priests to have a chapel built and processions held there. The priest told Bernadette to ask the lady her name. Mary responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Feast Day: December 8th
Patron Saint of: United States