SOLEMNITY of the
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for He has done marvelous deeds. Psalm 98:1
God chose Mary the Immaculate to be "a model of holiness" ... At Mary's conception, a new way of being human happens, and we are "chosen, destined" to share it. Adam and Eve were tricked by the serpent's "conception." The yes of Mary at the Annunciation, the culmination of the Immaculate Conception, undoes the disobedience of
and makes paradise a possibility once again for us. Eden
(From Magnificat, Vol 15, No 10, Dec 2013)
Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary, for from you arose the sun of justice, Christ our God (Communion Antiphon - today's liturgy).
The Immaculate Conception (detail): Sassoferrato
Preface: The Mystery of Mary and the Church
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation ,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you preserved the most Blessed Virgin Mary
from all stain of original sin,
so that in her, endowed with the rich fullness
of your grace,
you might prepare a worthy Mother for your Son
and signify the beginning of the Church,
his beautiful Bride without spot or wrinkle.
She, the most pure Virgin, was to bring forth a Son,
the innocent Lamb who would wipe away our offenses;
you placed her above all others
to be for your people an advocate of grace
and a model of holiness.
And so, in company with the choirs of Angels,
we praise you, and with joy we proclaim: Holy, …
“To the maternal intercession of Mary, the Virgin of expectation, let us entrust our path toward the Lord, while we continue our Advent itinerary of making our heart and our life ready for the coming of Emmanuel, God-with-us. “ - Benedict XVI, 12/05/11, Noon Angelus
Incl Brief overview - What is the IC? YouTube
O fairest Virgin Mary, intercede for us!
Episcopal Ordination of
The Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens
Monday, December 9, 2013
Cathedral of Saint Paul
St Paul, Minnesota