SOLEMNITY of the
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for He has done marvelous deeds. Psalm 98:1
God chose Mary the Immaculate to be a "model of holiness" ... At Mary's conception, a new way of being human happens, and we are "chosen, destined" to share it. Adam and Eve were tricked by the serpent's "conception." The yes of Mary at the Annunciation, the culmination of the Immaculate Conception, undoes the disobedience of
and makes paradise a possibility once again for us. Eden
(From Magnificat, Vol 14, No 10, Dec 2012)
I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul;
for He has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a
mantle of justice ... like a bride adorned with her jewels (Is 61:10).
Murillo - The Immaculate Conception (detail)
"The Lord ‘hath set His tabernacle in the sun,’
says the Psalmist.
The sun is Mary’s heart."
St. Peter Julian Eymard
“To the maternal intercession of Mary, the Virgin of expectation, let us entrust our path toward the Lord, while we continue our Advent itinerary of making our heart and our life ready for the coming of Emmanuel, God-with-us. “
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Dec 5, 2011, Noon Angelus
Incl Brief overview - What is the IC? YouTube
O fairest Virgin Mary, intercede for us!