December 8th is The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many people – Catholics included – mistakenly think that this is a celebration of the day the angel Gabriel visited Mary and Jesus was conceived in her womb. Actually, however, today’s solemnity celebrates the Immaculate Conception of MARY, as she was conceived in HER mother’s womb. Prepared by God from the very first moment of her life to receive Jesus Christ, God’s grace preserved Mary from sin from the womb to the end of her life, because of her role in the mystery of salvation as the mother of Jesus Christ. Today’s solemnity praises God for the hope and possibility that Mary embodies, as we turn to our Blessed Mother to learn from the first and most important relationship Jesus Christ experienced among us.
Our liturgy schedule for the holyday is:
Vigil Mass on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Morning Prayer on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9:00 a.m.