Symbols: Lily, Crown of Stars
On this holyday of obligation, the
Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
an event that heralds God's choice of Mary to be the Mother of the Redeemer.
The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine that the Blessed Virgin Mary
was preserved from any stain of sin, including original sin, from the
moment of her conception in her mother's (St. Anne) womb.
The Virgin Mary, chosen Mother of the Redeemer, is robed
in the splendor of her stainless innocence, and clothed with the beauty
of one redeemed in Christ and prepared to receive Him in her womb.
Revelation 12; Song 4:7