Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feast Day: Immaculate Conception of Mary

Jean Bellegambe (1470-1535) -- St. Anne Conceiving the Virgin Mary

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- the day that Catholics celebrate Mary's conception as being without sin in order that she would be worthy to carry the Christ Child in her womb.

December 8, 2003

Queen of peace, pray for us!
Our gaze is directed toward you in great fear, to you do we turn with ever-more insistent faith in these times marked by many uncertainties and fears for the present and future of our planet.
Together we lift our confident and sorrowful petition to you, the first fruit of humanity redeemed by Christ, finally freed from the slavery of evil and sin: hear the cry of the pain of victims of war and so many forms of violence that bloody the earth. Clear away the darkness of sorrow and worry, of hate and vengeance. Open up our minds and hearts to faith and forgiveness!
Mother of mercy and hope:
Help every human being of every race and culture to find and embrace Jesus, who came to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give us 'His' peace.

Mary, Queen of peace, give us Christ, true peace in the world!

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