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A Blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Recourse To Thee

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Today the Church celebrates our Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Conception.

Being a Mom has given me a much deeper understanding of the beautiful prayer given by our Blessed Mother to St. Catherine of Laboure and inscribed on the perimeter of the Miraculous Medal..."O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Read my reflections here...


Study Mary with the Popes

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I won’t lie; getting permission from Libreria Editrice Vaticana to gather a dozen papal encyclicals together for a unique Marian study was, well, awesome! Holding the contract in hand, gave me goose bumps. To share my excitement, the contract in part reads: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, located in the Vatican City State, in the person of the its Director and pro tempore legal representative, Prof. Don Giuseppe COSTA, sdb and Bezalel Books, A Catholic Publishing Company and Bookstore, Box 300427 Waterford, MI 48330, in the person of its President and pro tempore legal representative, Cheryl DICKOW.
Libreria Editrice Vaticana grants to Bezalel Books, a non exclusive permission to reproduce , in the work entitled:  MARY EVER VIRGIN FULL OF GRACE. A STUDY OF PAPAL ENCYCLICALS ON MARY, by Cheryl Dickow, the following excerpts:

The contract then goes on to list the dozen encyclicals that are in the book which begin with Octobri Menseo the September 22, 1891 encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on the rosar…

'I am the Immaculate Conception'

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The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, El Greco, painted 1608-13

Introit
Gaudens gaudébo in Dómino, et exsultábit ánima mea in Deo meo; quia índuit me vestiméntis salútis, et induménto iustítiæ circúmdedit me, quasi sponsam ornátam monílibus suis.
Entrance Antiphon
I rejoice heartily in the Lord,  in my God is the joy of my soul;  for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,  like a bride adorned wit her jewels.
Full post here.

Virgin of Advent, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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The Virgin of Immaculate Conception and St John, El Greco, painted c.1585


VIRGEN DEL ADVIENTO
Virgen del Adviento, esperanza nuestra, de Jesús, la aurora, del Cielo, la puerta.
Madre de los hombres, de la mar, estrella, llévanos a Cristo, danos sus promesas.
Virgen del Adviento, esperanza nuestra, de Jesús, la aurora, del Cielo, la puerta.
Eres Virgen Madre, la de gracia llena, del Señor, la esclava, del mundo, la Reina.
Virgen del Adviento, esperanza nuestra, de Jesús, la aurora, del Cielo, la puerta.
Alza nuestros ojos hacia tu belleza, guía nuestros pasos a la vida eterna.
Virgen del Adviento, esperanza nuestra, de Jesús, la aurora, del Cielo, la puerta
While researching for Sunday Reflections I came across this Advent hymn by Antonio Alcalde. I know nothing about him nor where this was recorded. I suspect it was in one of the Spanish-speaking Latin American country  rather than in Spain. The music is by Fr Jose Cristo Rey Garcia Paredes CMF.
Here is my rough, non-poetic translation of the lyrics:
Virgin of A…