Immaculate Conception Prayers
What is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's being conceived without sin. It is a uniquely Catholic feast. The feast day falls on December 8. These Immaculate Conception Prayers relate to this theme. More Info: The Immaculate Conception
Opening Prayer for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Let us pray, [That through the prayers of the sinless Virgin Mary, God will free us from our sins.]
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.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal
Alternate Opening Prayer for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Let us pray, [on this feast of Mary, who experienced the perfection of God's saving power.]
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 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 forever and ever.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal
A Collect for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst make her a worthy habitation for Thy Son and didst by his foreseen death preserve her from all stain of sin,
Grant, we beseech Thee, that through her intercession we may be cleansed from sin and come with pure hearts to Thee.
Benedictine Monastic Diurnal
In Praise of Mary Immaculate
You are all fair, O Mary; the original stain is not in you. You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel, the honor of our people, and the great advocate of sinners. O Mary, Virgin most prudent, Mother most merciful, pray for us; intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book
Immaculate Conception Morning Prayer
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.
The Liturgy of the Hours
Immaculata Mater Dei
Immaculate Mother of God, Queen of heaven, Mother of mercy, Advocate and Refuge of sinners, behold, I, enlightened and inspired by the graces obtained for me abundantly from the divine treasury through thy maternal affection, resolve this day and always to place my heart into thy hands to be consecrated to Jesus.
To thee, therefore, most Blessed Virgin, in the presence of nine choirs of Angels and all the Saints, I now give it. Do thou, in my name, consecrate it to Jesus; and out of the filial confidence which I hereby make profession of, I am certain that now and always thou wilt do all thou canst to bring it to pass that my heart may ever wholly belong to Jesus, and may imitate perfectly the example of the Saints, and in particular that of Saint Joseph, thy most pure Spouse.
Saint Vincent Pallotti (1798-1850)
O Pure and Immaculate
O pure and immaculate and likewise blessed Virgin, who art the sinless Mother of thy Son, the mighty Lord of the universe, thou who art inviolate and altogether holy, the hope of the hopeless and sinful, we sing thy praises. We bless thee, as full of every grace, thou who didst bear the God-Man: we bow low before thee; we invoke thee and implore thine aid. Rescue us, O holy and inviolate Virgin, from every necessity that presses upon us and from all the temptations of the devil.
Be our intercessor and advocate at the hour of death and judgment; deliver us from the fire that is not extinguished and from the outer darkness; make us worthy of the glory of thy Son, O dearest and most clement Virgin Mother. Thou indeed art our only hope most sure and sacred in God's sight, to Whom be honor and glory and majesty and dominion for ever and ever world without end.
Ephrem the Syrian (306-373)
Invocation in Honor of Mary Immaculate
Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing. You reign now in Heaven with Jesus our King. Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
In Heaven the blessed your glory proclaim; On earth we your children invoke your sweet name. Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
We pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth, And bless, Holy Mary, the land of our birth. Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
We pray you, O Mother, may God's will be done We pray for His glory, may his Kingdom come. Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
Compiled by David Bennett