Wednesday, December 8, 2021
December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This holy day is often misunderstood. It celebrates the conception of Mary, not Jesus. The Catholic Church teaches that through the grace of God, Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin, thus making her a worthy vessel for the Son of God.
The Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States. The readings (see below) show how Mary’s fiat (“Let it be”) was an integral part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world.
Daily Mass Readings for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:
- First Reading – Genesis 3:9-15, 20: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 98: “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.’
- Second Reading – Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”
- Gospel – Luke 1:26-38: “Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”
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