Saturday, December 8, 2018

Pope Francis on Immaculate Conception "...we look at the beauty of Our Lady, born and lived without sin, always docile and transparent to God." FULL TEXT



St. Peter's Square
Saturday, December 8th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and happy party!

Today's Word presents us with an alternative. In the first reading there is the man who originally says no to God, and in the Gospel there is Mary who at the annunciation says yes to God. In both Readings it is God who seeks man. But in the first case he goes to Adam, after sin, asks him: "Where are you?" (Gen 3,9), and he replies: "I hid myself" (v. 10). In the second case, however, it goes to Mary, without sin, who answers: "Behold the servant of the Lord" (Lk 1:38). Here I am the opposite of I hid. Here I am open to God, while sin closes, isolates, makes one remain alone with oneself.

Here I am is the key word of life. It marks the passage from a horizontal life, centered on oneself and on one's needs, to a vertical life, slender towards God. Here I am to be available to the Lord, it is the cure for selfishness, it is the antidote to an unsatisfied life, something is always missing. Here I am the remedy against the aging of sin, it is the therapy to stay young inside. Here I am to believe that God counts more than my "I". It is to choose to bet on the Lord, docile to his surprises. So to tell him here I am the greatest praise we can offer him. Why not start the day like this with a "Here I am, sir"? It would be nice to say every morning: "Here I am, Lord, today your will be done in me". We will say this in the prayer of the Angelus, but we can repeat it already now, together: Here I am, Lord, today your will be done in me!

Mary adds: «It happens for me according to your word». He does not say: "happen according to me", but "according to you". He does not limit God. He does not think: "I dedicate myself a little to Him, I hurry up and then do what I want". No, Mary does not love the Lord when she goes, in fits and starts. He lives trusting God in all respects. Here is the secret of life. It can all those who trust God in everything. But the Lord, dear brothers and sisters, suffers when we answer him as Adam: "I am afraid and I am hidden". God is the Father, the tenderest of fathers, and desires the trust of his children. How many times we suspect him, we suspect God! We think he can send us some proof, deprive us of freedom, abandon ourselves. But this is a great deception, it is the temptation of the origins, the temptation of the devil: insinuate the distrust of God. Mary overcomes this first temptation with her I am. And today we look at the beauty of Our Lady, born and lived without sin, always docile and transparent to God.

This does not mean that life was easy for her, no. Being with God does not magically solve problems. The conclusion of today's Gospel recalls this: "The angel turned away from her" (verse 38). He turned away: it is a strong word. The angel leaves the Virgin alone in a difficult situation. She knew how particular she would become Mother of God - the angel had said - but the angel had not explained it to others, only to her. And the problems began immediately: think of the irregular situation according to the law, the torment of St. Joseph, the skipped life plans, what the people would say ... But Mary puts trust in God before the problems. It is left by the angel, but he believes that with her, in her, God has remained. And he trusts. Trust God. It is certain that with the Lord, even if unexpectedly, everything will be fine. Here is the wise attitude: not living depending on the problems - finished one, another will present itself! - but trusting God and entrusting himself every day to Him: here I am! "Here I am" is the word. "Here I am" is prayer. We ask the Immaculate to have the grace to live like this.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today, Bishop Pietro Claverie and eighteen religious and religious comrades, killed in hatred of the faith, are beatified at the Shrine of Notre-Dame de Santa Cruz in Oran, Algeria. 19 new Blessed! These martyrs of our time have been faithful announcers of the Gospel, humble builders of peace and heroic witnesses of Christian charity: a bishop, priests, religious, religious and laity. Their courageous testimony is a source of hope for the Algerian Catholic community and a seed of dialogue for the whole of society. This beatification is for everyone an incentive to build together a world of fraternity and solidarity. Let's applaud the new Blessed, all together.

I assure a memory in my prayer for the boys and the mother who died this night in a nightclub in Corinaldo, near Ancora, as well as for the numerous injured. I ask for all the intercession of Our Lady.
I greet you with affection, pilgrims from Italy and from different countries, especially families, parish groups and associations. On this feast of the Immaculate Conception, in the Italian parishes the membership of Catholic Action is renewed, an association that has been a gift and a resource for the Church's journey in Italy for 150 years. I encourage his diocesan and parish articulations to commit themselves to the formation of lay people capable of bearing witness to the Gospel, becoming a leaven of a more just and supportive society.

I cordially bless the faithful of Rocca di Papa and the torch with which they will light the great star on the fortress of their beautiful town, in honor of Mary Immaculate.

This afternoon I will go to Santa Maria Maggiore to pray to Our Lady, and then I will go to Piazza di Spagna to renew the traditional act of homage and prayer at the foot of the monument to the Immaculate. I ask you to join me spiritually in this gesture, which expresses filial devotion to our heavenly Mother.

And I wish everyone a good feast and a good journey of Advent with the guidance of the Virgin Mary. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!

Wow Ancient Chant that will Touch your Soul "Vox clara ecce intonat" for #Advent sung by Heavenly Abbey Choir

Vox clara ecce intonat is a Latin hymn used traditionally in the Liturgy of the Hours at Lauds during Advent. Originated in the 6th century or earlier possibly by St Ambrose,
It speaks of the preaching of John the Baptist, announcing the coming of Christ in Luke's Gospel.
  Vox clara ecce intonat
 1 VOX clara ecce intonat, obscura quaeque increpat: procul fugentur somnia; ab aethere Christus promicat.
 2 Mens iam resurgat torpida quae sorde exstat saucia; sidus refulget iam novum, ut tollat omne noxium.
 3 E sursum Agnus mittitur laxare gratis debitum; omnes pro indulgentia vocem demus cum lacrimis, 4 Secundo ut cum fulserit mundumque horror cinxerit, non pro reatu puniat, sed nos pius tunc protegat.
 5 Summo Parenti gloria Natoque sit victoria, et Flamini laus debita per saeculorum saecula. Amen.
 1 Hark! a herald voice is calling: 'Christ is nigh,' it seems to say; 'Cast away the dreams of darkness, O ye children of the day!' 2 Startled at the solemn warning, Let the earth-bound soul arise; Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling, Shines upon the morning skies. 3 Lo! the Lamb, so long expected, Comes with pardon down from heaven; Let us haste, with tears of sorrow, One and all to be forgiven; 4 So when next he comes with glory, Wrapping all the earth in fear, May he then as our defender Of the clouds of heaven appear. 5 Honour, glory, virtue, merit, To the Father and the Son, With the co-eternal Spirit, While unending ages run.[11]

Pope Francis in Memory of Algerian Martyrs "Live together in peace". - FULL TEXT

Message of the Holy Father for the Beatification of the martyrs Mons. Pierre Claverie, O. P., Bishop of Oran, and 18 companions (religious men and women) in Algeria, 08.12.2018

We publish below the message that the Holy Father sent on the occasion of the Beatification of the martyrs Mons. Pierre Claverie, OP, Bishop of Oran, and 18 companions (religious and religious) in Algeria and of which he read the Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of the Saints, His Eminence Card. Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Special Envoy of the Pope for the Celebration:

Message from the Holy Father
Dear brothers and sisters,

this Saturday, December 8, the Church in Algeria celebrates with joy the beatification of nineteen religious and martyrs. I join in your thanksgiving for these lives totally given by love of God, the country and all its inhabitants whose humble daily life you share in a spirit of brotherhood, friendship, service. Receive here my fraternal encouragement for this celebration to help heal the wounds of the past and create a new dynamic of meeting and living together as a result of our blessed.

I am very grateful to the President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and his associates, for facilitating the celebration in Algeria of the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his eighteen companions and companions. , martyrs of the greatest love. I want to express my affection for the Algerian people who suffered great suffering during the social crisis of which he was a victim in the last years of the last century.

In memory of the death in Algeria of these nineteen Christian victims, the Catholics of Algeria and the world want to celebrate the fidelity of these martyrs to the project of Peace that God inspires to all men. At the same time, they want to take in their prayers all the sons and daughters of Algeria who have been, like them, victims of the same violence for having lived, with fidelity and respect for the other, their duties as believers and of citizens on this blessed land. It is for them also that we address our prayer and express our grateful homage.

The Catholic Church in Algeria knows the heiress, with all the Algerian nation, of the great message of love proposed by one of the many spiritual masters of your land, Saint Augustine of Hippo. It wants to serve the same message, in these times when all peoples seek to advance their aspiration to "Live together in peace".

By the beatification of our nineteen brothers and sisters, the Church wants to testify to her desire to continue to work for dialogue, harmony and friendship. We believe that this unprecedented event in your country will draw a great sign of fraternity in the Algerian sky to the whole world.

We are happy that this celebration can be held in a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary who is particularly present in our two religious traditions. May the maternal gaze of the Blessed Virgin Mary, full of grace, all beautiful and pure, protect and guard you.

At the Vatican, December 2, 2018.


Pope Francis Special Prayer to Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - FULL TEXT




Piazza di Spagna
Saturday, December 8th 2018

Immaculate Mother,
on the day of your feast, so dear to the Christian people,
I come to pay you homage in the heart of Rome.
In my heart I bring the faithful of this Church
and all those who live in this city, especially the sick
and how many for different situations are more difficult to move forward.

First of all we want to thank you
for the maternal care with which we accompany our journey:
how many times we hear with tears in our eyes
from those who have experienced your intercession,
the graces that you ask for us for your Son Jesus!
I also think of an ordinary grace you give to the people who live in Rome:
that of facing the inconveniences of daily life with patience.
But for this we ask you the strength not to resign, indeed,
to do each day their own part to improve things,
because the care of everyone makes Rome more beautiful and livable for everyone;
because the duty well done by everyone assures everyone's rights.
And thinking of the common good of this city,
we pray for those who hold roles of greater responsibility:
get for them wisdom, foresight, spirit of service and collaboration.

Holy Virgin,
I would like to entrust you especially to the priests of this Diocese:
the parish priests, the vice-priests, the elderly priests who with the heart of shepherds
continue to work for the people of God,
the many priests students from all over the world who collaborate in the parishes.
For all of them I ask you the sweet joy of evangelizing
and the gift of being fathers, close to the people, merciful.

To you, a woman consecrated to God, I entrust consecrated women in religious life and in secular life,
that thanks to God in Rome there are many, more than in any other city in the world,
and they form a beautiful mosaic of nationalities and cultures.
I ask you for the joy of being, like you, spouses and mothers,
fruitful in prayer, in charity, in compassion.

O Mother of Jesus,
one last thing I ask you, in this Advent time,
thinking of the days when you and Joseph were anxious
for the imminent birth of your child,
worried because there was a census and you also had to leave your country, Nazareth, and go to Bethlehem ...
You know, Mother, what it means to bring life into the womb
and feeling around indifference, rejection, sometimes contempt.
This is why I ask you to stay close to families today
in Rome, in Italy, there are similar situations in the whole world,
because they are not abandoned to themselves, but protected in their rights,
human rights that come before any legitimate need.

O Mary Immaculate,
dawn of hope on the horizon of humanity,
watch over this city,
on homes, schools, offices, shops,
on factories, hospitals, prisons;
nowhere is it lacking what Rome has most precious,
and which preserves the testament of Jesus for the whole world:
"Love one another as I have loved you" (cf. Jn 13:34).

Novena for the #ImmaculateConception of Mary : #Prayers - Plenary #Indulgence - SHARE

The Immaculate Conception – Celebrating the Blessed Virgin’s Mary’s conception as freed from all sin -

Feast: December 8

Plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin according to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.


Virgin most pure, conceived without sin, all fair and stainless from thy Conception; glorious Mary, full of grace, Mother of my God, Queen of angels and of men, - I humbly venerate thee as Mother of my Saviour, who, though He was God, taught me by His own veneration, reverence, and obedience to thee, the honour and homage which are due to thee. Vouchsafe, I pray thee, to accept this Novena, which I dedicate to thee. Thou art the safe refuge of the penitent sinner; it is very fitting, then, that I should have recourse to thee. Thou art the Mother of compassion; then wilt thou surely be moved with pity for my many miseries. Thou art my best hope after Jesus; thou canst not but accept the loving confidence that I have in thee. Make me worthy to be called thy son, that so I may dare to cry unto thee,
Monstra te esse matrem.
Show thyself a mother.

Nine Ave Maria’s, one Gloria Patri, and the following Prayer.


Behold me at thy sacred feet, O Immaculate Virgin. I rejoice with thee, because from all eternity thou wast elected to be the Mother of the Eternal Word, and wast preserved stainless from the taint of original sin. I praise and bless the Most Holy Trinity, who poured out upon thy soul in thy Conception the riches of that privilege. I humbly pray thee to obtain for me grace effectually to overcome the sad effects produced in my soul by original sin; make me wholly victorious over them, that I may never cease to love my God.

After the Litanies, or Hymn as above, say as follows:

V. All fair art thou, O Mary.
R. All fair art thou, O Mary.
V. The original stain is not in thee.
R. The original stain is not in thee.
V. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
R. Thou art the joy of Israel.
V. Thou art the honour of our people.
R. Thou art the advocate of sinners.
V. O Mary.
R. O Mary.
V. Virgin most prudent.
R. Mother most clement.
V. Pray for us.
B. Intercede for us to our Lord Jesus Christ.

V. In thy Conception, O Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

Let us pray.
O God, who through the Immaculate Conception of a Virgin didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, we beseech Thee, who by the death of that Son, foreseen by Thee, didst preserve her from every stain of sin, to grant that by her intercession we also may be purified, and so may come to Thee.

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, graciously look down upon Thy servant N., whom Thou host chosen to be the pastor of Thy Church; and grant him, we beseech Thee, both by word and example, so to direct those over whom Thou hast placed him, that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may attain eternal life.

O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all holiness, listen to the pious prayers of thy Church, and grant that what we ask in faith we may effectually obtain. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The same order is to be observed en all the other days of the Novena, the Prayers for the Day alone being changed.


Mary, unsullied Lily of purity, I rejoice with thee, because from the first moment of thy Conception thou wast filled with grace, and hadst given unto thee the perfect use of reason. I thank and I adore the Ever-blessed Trinity, who gave thee these high gifts. Behold me at thy feet overwhelmed with shame to see myself so poor in grace. O thou who wast filled full of heavenly grace, grant me a portion of that same grace, and make me a partaker in the treasures of thy Immaculate Conception.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary, mystic Rose of purity, I rejoice with thee at the glorious triumph thou didst gain over the serpent by thy Immaculate Conception, in that then wast conceived without original sin. I thank and praise with my whole heart the Ever-blessed Trinity, who granted thee that glorious privilege and I pray thee to obtain for me courage to overcome every snare of the great enemy, and never to stain my soul with mortal sin. Be thou always mine aid, and enable me with thy protection to obtain the victory over all the enemies of man’s eternal welfare.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Mirror of holy purity, I rejoice exceedingly to see how from thy Immaculate Conception there were infused into thy soul the most sublime and perfect virtues, with all the gifts of the Most Holy Spirit. I thank and praise the Ever-Blessed Trinity, who bestowed upon thee these high privileges, and I beseech thee, gracious Mother, obtain for me grace to practise every Christian virtue, and so to become worthy to receive the gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary, bright Moon of purity, I congratulate thee in that the mystery of thy Immaculate Conception was the beginning of salvation to the human race, and was the joy of the whole world. I thank and bless the Ever-blessed Trinity, who did so magnify and glorify thy Person. I entreat thee to obtain for me the grace so to profit by the Death and Passion of thy dear Son, that His Precious Blood may not have been shed upon the cross for me in vain, but that after a holy life I may be saved.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary Immaculate, brilliant Star of purity, I rejoice with thee, because thy Immaculate Conception brought exceeding joy to all the angels in Paradise. I thank and bless the Ever-blessed Trinity, who enriched thee with this privilege. Enable me also one day to take part in this heavenly joy, praising and blessing thee in the company of angels world without end. Amen.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary immaculate, rising Morn of purity, I rejoice with thee, and I am filled with admiration at beholding thee confirmed in grace and rendered sinless from the first moment of thy Conception. I thank and praise the Ever-blessed Trinity, who elected thee alone from all mankind for this especial privilege. Holiest Virgin, obtain for me an entire and lasting hatred of sin, as the worst of all evils, that I may rather die than ever again commit a mortal sin.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Mary, Virgin, Sun without stain, I congratulate thee, and I rejoice with thee, because God gave unto thee in thy Conception a greater and a more abundant grace than He gave to all His angels and His saints together, even when their merits were most exalted. I thank and admire the immense beneficence of the Ever-blessed Trinity, who hath dispensed to thee alone this privilege. O, enable me too to correspond with the grace of God, and never more to receive it in vain; change my heart, and help me to begin in earnest a new life.
Litanies, &c., as before.


Immaculate Mary, living Light of holiness, Model of purity, Virgin and Mother, as soon as thou wast conceived thou didst profoundly adore thy God, giving Him thanks, because by means of thee the ancient curse was blotted out, and blessing was again come upon the sinful sons of Adam. Let this blessing kindle in my heart love towards God; and do thou inflame my heart still more and more, that I may ever love Him more constantly, and afterwards eternally enjoy Him in heaven, there to thank and praise Him more and more fervently for all the wondrous privileges conferred on thee, and to rejoice with thee for thy high crown of glory.
Litanies, &c., as before.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. December 8, 2018 - #Solemnity of the #ImmaculateConception

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 689

Reading 1GN 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself."
Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"
The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with meC
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
The LORD God then asked the woman,
"Why did you do such a thing?"
The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
"Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel."

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Reading 2EPH 1:3-6, 11-12

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.

AlleluiaSEE LK 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.