MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Being Immaculate, Our Lady received a full measure of grace (Luke 1:28)



* December 8 – The Immaculate Conception - Consecration of Haiti to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1942)  * Mary could have sinned  ----- A Moment with Mary --

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December 8 – The Immaculate Conception - Consecration of Haiti to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1942) 

Mary could have sinned 


The Immaculate Conception is also portrayed by artists in the Orthodox Church, for example Holy Mary in Perlez, Vojvodina, Serbia. (Wikipedia)
The solemnity of the Virgin Mary Conceived without Sin is celebrated on December 8th. By a singular privilege, which was already a grace coming from the death of her Son on the Cross, Mary was conceived in the womb of Anne, her mother, without contracting original sin. It was necessary that the Son of God would prepare a mother worthy of himself.

Being immaculate, Our Lady received a full measure of grace (Luke 1:28), enabling her for the dignity of Mother of God. Yet she was not unable to sin like her Son, who was both God and man. Mary, for her part, could have sinned, but she always perfectly consented to the fullness of grace with which God never ceased to fill her.

... Mary is the Immaculate Conception, according to the dogma defined by Pius IX in 1854, and according to her own statement to Bernadette of Lourdes in 1858.

Set apart to become the Mother of God, she was able... to exercise maternal mediation in the line of the mediation of her Son, for all mankind. Those who are loyal and attached to her will join her in the Glory of God, once they have become, with her, the Bride of Christ, "splendid, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, except holy and without blemish" (Eph 5:27).

Dom Robert Le Gall
In Dictionnaire de Liturgie © Editions CLD