Prayer in Honor of the Immaculate Conception
Dear, Blessed Lady! by many titles art thou known and loved; but as Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ Incarnate none is greater, holier, more beautifully commemorative of thy ineffable prerogatives than the one of thy Immaculate conception. It is the prayer of Thine own pure lips, and as such obtains for us special favors and graces. Thus prostrate before thee, O purest of Virgins, we offer thee our profoundest homage, and hail thee as our queen conceived without sin! Cast us not from thee, O tenderest Mother, but open to us the inexhaustible fountain of Divine graces, and be the holy refuge of our sin-burdened souls.
In order to save mankind from the death’s horrors of and from the sin, the Son of God had to become incarnate, poor pilgrim on the earth Himself. He needed a Mother.
How perfect this privileged woman had to be! God had been preparing Her in wisdom for all the eternity. And it was Mary, the one who is dismayed and humbles herself before the announcing Angel, but shouts to Heaven: “Here is the maid of the Gentleman! Fiat!” and the sweet and tremendous mystery is performed, God’s Son is the Son of Mary. Read more…
The Holy Virgin is unique in each of her relations with the three Persons of the most Holy Trinity.
“Unique is my dove” (Ct 6,8)
- She is unique as Mother of the Son, since she is very truly Mother, and there can be only one Mother of God.
- She is unique as Daughter of the Father, since Her adoption is very singular, and only She of the sons of God, was conceived and adopted simultaneously.
- She is unique as Spouse of the Holy Ghost, since only She contracted sacred weddings with him, in the name of all the mankind, in order to become Mother of the Man-God remaining Virgin.
The celebration of these sacred weddings took place publicly in the temple, when the Holy Virgin was introduced there.
How big this prerogative is and how many advantages takes with it! What sharing of the goods of this divine Spouse! Which fullness of His gifts! Which holiness! This Holy Spouse never opposed the minimal resistance to the inspirations of the Holy Ghost. She never did any single action whose principle was not the Holy Ghost. How far from this fidelity we are! We continuously oppose to the Spirit of God. We do not follow other than our inclinations. We reject thousands of graces every day and we hold the gifts of the Holy Ghost in a shameful inactivity. Read more…