*** This post originally appeared in December 2010 and has been modified to include additional information for the month. ***
I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST in CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013
sponsored by the Catholic Bloggers Network.
Be sure to visit as many links as possible,
listed at the bottom of this post.
In the Catholic liturgical year, December is the month of the Immaculate Conception. Commemorating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this month is just one of the ways to Keep Christ in Christmas. The Blessed Mother is ALWAYS pointing us to her son. The Immaculate Conception is not, as I thought for so many years, the Immaculate Conception of Jesus, but the Immaculate Conception of his mother, Mary. It represents God’s saving grace, in recognition of Mary’s complete submission to his will.
My favorite prayer to add to this month:
To the Virgin Immaculate
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon me thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of danger for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee for ever, my only desire being to love thy divine Son Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen.
Also, in the habit of praying without ceasing, you could add this to your day:
Aspiration to Mary
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Food & Fun
In our family, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by having an all white meal symbolizing the purity of Mary. Over the years we have had the following types of meals.
Immaculate Conception Menu #1 –
- Mashed Potatoes
Immaculate Conception Menu #2
- Pasta Primavera — noodles, alfredo sauce, chicken and cauliflower
- garlic bread or cheese garlic bread
Immaculate Conception Menu #3
Each of these could be made separately or in a stir-fry. Both would be yummy! In either case, I always end with a gingerbread cake. The spices in the gingerbread are supposed to remind the reader of this passage in Sirach (Ecclesiasticus):
I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatical balm; I yielded a sweet odor like the best myrrh; and I perfumed my dwelling as store, and galbanum, and onyx, and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and my odor is as the purest balm.
What does your family do to commemorate the Immaculate Conception?
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