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DECEMBER is the Month of the Immaculate Conception

DECEMBER is the Month of the
Immaculate Conception

During Advent, as we prepare for the birth of Christ at Christmas, we also celebrate one of the great feasts of the Catholic Church. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) is not only a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary but a foretaste of our own redemption. It is such an important feast that the Church declared the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of Obligation in most countries.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: WHAT MANKIND WAS MEANT TO BE
In keeping the Blessed Virgin free from the stain of sin from the moment of her conception, God presents us with a glorious example of what mankind was meant to be. Mary is truly the second Eve, because, like Eve, she entered the world without sin. Unlike Eve, she remained sinless throughout her life—a life that she dedicated fully to the will of God. The Eastern Fathers of the Church referred to her as “without stain” (a phrase that appears frequently in the Eastern liturgies and hymns to Mary); in Latin, that phrase is immaculatus: “immaculate.”

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IS A RESULT OF CHRIST’S REDEMPTION
The Immaculate Conception was not, as many people mistakenly believe, a precondition for Christ’s act of redemption but the result of it. Standing outside of time, God knew that Mary would humbly submit herself to His will, and in His love for this perfect servant, He applied to her at the moment of her conception the redemption, won by Christ, that all Christians receive at their Baptism.
It is appropriate, then, that the Church has long declared the month in which the Blessed Virgin not only was conceived but gave birth to the Saviour of the world as the Month of the Immaculate Conception.december - the month of the immaculate conception

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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for December 2017

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for December 2017

THE ELDERLY

That the elderly,sustained by families and Christian communities,
may apply their wisdom and experience
to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

THE HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTION FOR DECEMBER 2017

Prayer of Saint Pope John Paul II for the elderly:

Grant, O Lord of life…
that we may savour every season of our lives
as a gift filled with promise for the future.
Grant that we may lovingly accept Your will
and place ourselves each day in Your merciful hands.
And when the moment of our definitive “passage” comes,
grant that we may face it with serenity,
without regret for what we shall leave behind.
For in meeting You, after having sought You for so long,
we shall find once more every authentic good
which we have known here on earth,
in the company of all who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith and hope.
Mary, Mother of pilgrim humanity,
pray for us “now and at the hour of our death”.
Keep us ever close to Jesus, Your beloved Son
and our brother, the Lord of life and glory. Amen!prayer for the elderly by st pope john paul - dec 2017