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BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
December 9

Blessed Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him. It was to Juan Diego that Mary first introduced herself to the world as Our Lady of Guadalupe. He lived in the sixteenth century when Mexico City was known as the Valley of Anahuac. Juan was a member of the Chichimeca people. They called him the talking eagle. His Christian name was Juan Diego. After Juan's particular mission was completed, it is said that he became a hermit. He spent the rest of his life in prayer and penance. His little hut was near the first chapel that was built on Tepeyac Hill. He was greatly esteemed. Parents considered it their fondest wish to have their children grow up to be like Juan Diego .

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

On December 8, the Catholic church celebrates the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Mary- the patronal feast of the United States. It is one of the few Holy days of obligation on the Church calendar -- that is, all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on this day. As this feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.

The Immaculate Conception of Mary is a solemn dogma declared by Pope Pius IX in 1854 which proclaimed that Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin. This privilege of Mary derives from God's having chosen her as Mother of the Savior; thus she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. This great gift to Mary, an ordinary human being just like us, was fitting because she was destined to be Mother of God. The purity and holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christians.

For more information on the Immaculate Conception, kindly click on the following links:


Novena to the Immaculate Conception
Litany of the Immaculate Conception
Readings and Hymns for the Immaculate Conception
December Devotion: The Immaculate Conception
Table Blessing for the Feasts of the Mother of God
Ubi Primum (On The Immaculate Conception)



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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: MOTHER OF AMERICA
THE GREATEST FIGURES OF SALVATION HISTORY: A CLOSER LOOK AT JESUS AND MARY
MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS
GLORIES OF MARY (THE)
MARY: THE MOTHER OF GOD
MARY MOTHER OF GOD
MARY: MOTHER OF GOD AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, TAPE 1
HAIL HOLY QUEEN: THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE WORD OF GOD
SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR MARIAN DOCTRINE AND DEVOTION: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS



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Prayer on the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Father, You prepared the Virgin Mary to be the worthy mother of your Son. You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by His death, and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Bible Quote on the Immaculate Conception of Mary

And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord (is) with thee.
-Luke 1:28

And the angel of God appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not; but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
- Judges 13:3-4

Quotable Quote on the Immaculate Conception of Mary

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
-Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.



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