Feast of Immaculate Conception

Madonna and Child - St. Peter's Square, VaticanThe Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church maintaining that from the moment when she was conceived the Blessed Virgin Mary was kept free of original sin and was filled with the sanctifying grace normally conferred during baptism. Today, December 8th, is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

When the Knights of Columbus Council #12801 formed, we took Mary as our symbol to watch over and guide us in the works we perform in her name, in our parish and surrounding community.

The image we are using in this article is of Madonna and Child. Blessed Pope Paul II had this mosaic installed in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. He too had a special devotion to Mary who we are certain guided him during his papacy.

Inspired by words of praise from the book of Judith and Song of Solomon, the following prayer glorifies the Virgin Mary’s holiness and beauty:

You are all beautiful, Mary.
and the original stain [of sin] is not in you.
Your clothing is white as snow, and your face is like the sun.
You are all beautiful, Mary.
and the original stain [of sin] is not in you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you give honor to our people.
You are all beautiful, Mary.

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