Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

St Anne, Mother of Mary, bearing the infant Mary and the Infant Jesus
From St Anne's Chapel, Aylesford Priory
The Theotokos has been revealed on the earth in truth,
Proclaimed of old by the words of the prophets,
Foretold by the wise patriarchs and the company of the righteous.
She will exchange glad tidings with the honour of women:
Sarah, Rebecca, and the glorious Hannah, and Miriam, the sister of Moses.
All the ends of the earth shall rejoice with them,
Together with all of creation.
For God shall come to be born in the flesh,
Granting the world great mercy.
Orthodox Liturgy

Hail Mary, the most beautiful dove, which carried the word of God for us; we greet you with the Archangel Gabriel saying: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Hail, O Virgin, the glory of our race; you have borne Emmanuel for us. We pray that you will remember us before the Lord Jesus Christ, that he will forgive us our sins.
Coptic Liturgy.

Let us pray,

Father, the image of the Virgin is found in the Church.
Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared
and a love that never knew sin,
for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception..

Trace in our actions the lines of her love,
in our hearts her readiness of faith.
Prepare once again a world for your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Roman Missal

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