Adult Faith Formation Column for the Sunday Bulletin of St. Michael Parish, Livermore, California

This weekly column is a short meditation on the Bible readings of the Sunday Mass. The meditations are direct quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, writings of the Saints, and similar orthodox sources.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011

Prayer to Mary Immaculate

To Mary Immaculate, Mother of Our Advent
        Blessed are you, O full of grace.
        Today with the greatest veneration, the Church recalls
the fulness of this Grace, with which God filled You from the
first moment of Your conception.
        The Apostle's words fill us with joy, "Despite the increase
of sin, grace has far surpassed it" (Rom 5:20).  We are glad at
this particular abundance of divine grace in You, who bear the
name of "Immaculate Conception," Mother.
        Accept us, just as we are, here by You.
        Accept us!  Look into our hearts!
        Accept our cares and our hopes!
        Help us, You, full of grace, to live in grace, to persevere
in grace and, if it should be necessary, to return to the grace
of the living God, which is the greatest and supernatural good
of man.
        Prepare us for the advent of Your Son!
        Accept us with our daily problems, our weaknesses and
deficiencies, our crises, and our personal, family and social
        Do not let us lose good will!  Do not let us lose sincerity
of conscience and honest of conduct!
        Obtain justice for us through Your prayer.
        Save the peace of the whole world!
        Be with us, You the Immaculate.
        Be with us.  Be with Rome.  Be  with the Church, and with
the world.  Amen.

                                -- Blessed John Paul II
                                   8 December 1979

        My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
                my spirit rejoices in God my Savior...
                                        (Luke: 1:46-47)

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