IMMACULATE CONCEPTION NOVENA – NINTH DAY

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Novena in honor of the Immaculate Conception – Ninth day                             

    Mary’s Immaculate Conception 

In thy conception, O Virgin Mary, thou wast immaculate; pray for us to the Father, whose Son Jesus, conceived in thy womb by the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.

MEDITATION

Early in the Christian era the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception was observed in several countries. St. Anselm, Bishop of Canterbury, introduced it in England. A great number of Popes favored the doctrine of Mary’s absolute sinlessness, and the adversaries of the Immaculate Conception were bidden to be silent and not publicly assert or defend their view. In 1477, Pope Sixtus IV prescribed the feast of the Immaculate Conception to be observed in the whole Church, and made it obligatory on priests to recite the special canonical office and to use the Mass formula published for the purpose. In 1846, the bishops of the United States assembled in plenary council in Baltimore elected the Blessed Virgin under the title of her immaculate conception Patroness of the Church in their country.

Finally, Pope Pius IX, after consulting with the bishops throughout the world, and having implored the Holy Ghost for His guidance in prayer and fasting, promulgated, on December 8, 1854, the dogma which teaches that the Blessed Virgin Mary was in her conception, by a special grace and through the merits of her divine Son, preserved from the stain of original sin. This doctrine was received throughout the world with ineffable joy; and, indeed, no one who loves the Blessed Virgin can help rejoicing at this her most glorious privilege.

The invocation, “Queen conceived without the stain of original sin,” was added to the Litany of Loreto. In 1866, at the Second Plenary Council in Baltimore, the feast of the Immaculate Conception was raised to the rank of a Holy day of obligation for the Church of the United States.

PRACTICE

In the inscrutable designs of His providence God ordained that the mystery of the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary should be proclaimed an article of faith as late as the middle of the nineteenth century. But, then, its proclamation was attended by circumstances that undeniably proved that the Holy Father in pronouncing the dogma had been inspired and guided by the Holy Ghost.

Let us praise God and thank Him for bestowing this glorious privilege on our beloved Mother, and let us often invoke her under her favorite title, the Immaculate Conception. St. Alphonsus Liguori tells us that the devotion to this mystery is especially efficacious in overcoming the temptations of impurity. Therefore he was accustomed to recommend to his penitents thus tempted to recite three times every day the Hail Mary in honor of Mary immaculate. And the Venerable John of Avila assures us that he never found any one who practiced a true devotion to the Immaculate Conception of Mary, who did not in a short time obtain the gift of that virtue which renders us so dear to her immaculate heart.

Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

O God, who through the immaculate conception of the Virgin didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy divine Son; grant that, as in view of Thy Son Thou didst preserve her from all taint, so Thou wouldst vouchsafe unto us that cleansed from all sin by her intercession we too may arrive at Thine eternal glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us

Holy Mother of God, pray for us

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us

Mother of Christ, pray for us

Mother of divine grace, pray for us

Mother most pure, pray for us

Mother most chaste, pray for us

Mother inviolate, pray for us

Mother undefiled, pray for us

Mother most amiable, pray for us

Mother most admirable, pray for us

Mother of good counsel, pray for us

Mother of our Creator, pray for us

Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us

Virgin most prudent, pray for us

Virgin most venerable, pray for us

Virgin most renowned, pray for us

Virgin most powerful, pray for us

Virgin most merciful, pray for us

Virgin most faithful, pray for us

Mirror of justice, pray for us

Seat of wisdom, pray for us

Cause of our joy, pray for us

Spiritual vessel, pray for us

Vessel of honour, pray for us

Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us

Mystical rose, pray for us

Tower of David, pray for us

Tower of ivory, pray for us

House of gold, pray for us

Ark of the Covenant, pray for us

Gate of Heaven, pray for us

Morning Star, pray for us

Health of the sick, pray for us

Refuge of sinners, pray for us

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us

Help of Christians, pray for us

Queen of Angels, pray for us

Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us

Queen of Prophets, pray for us

Queen of Apostles, pray for us

Queen of Martyrs, pray for us

Queen of Confessors, pray for us

Queen of Virgins, pray for us

Queen of all Saints, pray for us

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us

Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us

Queen of peace, pray for us

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Let us pray

O God, who didst will that Thy Word, at the message of an Angel, should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary: grant that Thy suppliants, who verily believe her to be the Mother of God, may be aided by her intercession with Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer

O living light of holiness, model of purity, Mary immaculate, virgin and mother! As soon as thou wast conceived thou didst profoundly adore thy God, giving Him thanks that in thee the ancient curse was revoked, and blessing came again upon the sinful sons of Adam. O make this blessing kindle in my heart love for God; and do thou fan this flame of love within me, that I may love Him constantly and one day in heaven eternally enjoy Him, there to thank Him more and more fervently for all the wondrous privileges conferred on thee, and to rejoice with thee for thy high crown of glory.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

 

 

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