*** This post originally appeared in December 2010 and has been modified to include additional information for the month. ***

 

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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.

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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.

Prayers

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 –

  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Rolls

Immaculate Conception Menu #2

  • Pasta Primavera — noodles, alfredo sauce, chicken and cauliflower
  • garlic bread or cheese garlic bread

Immaculate Conception Menu #3

  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Cauliflower

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?

Jen S.

 

 

 

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27 Comments on December Devotion – The Immaculate Conception

  1. Monica
    8 December 2013 at 11:40 PM (4 years ago)

    I love your menus for the Immaculate Conception Feastday! I think I have some great images and dolls to decorate the table. =) Have you seen http://www.shininglightdolls.com? I don’t remember seeing one for the Immaculate Conception, but they are adorable and definitely foster love for Mother Mary!
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  2. Tracy Bua Smith
    8 December 2013 at 2:54 PM (4 years ago)

    Love your idea of a white meal for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception…I may just try that! I usually have my kids color a coloring page that Lacy at Catholic Icing made to emphasize what the feast of the Immaculate Conception is really about! Have a blessed Advent!
    Tracy Bua Smith´s last blog post ..Celebrating St. Nicholas Feast Day 2013!

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  3. Christine
    8 December 2013 at 1:18 AM (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the reminder of how important this feast is (it’s a holy day of obligation too! at least in the US). Apparently, the Vatican put out a document (not sure of the title, but a friend mentioned it recently), saying that properly, December should be the “month of Mary”, rather than May.

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  4. Mo
    7 December 2013 at 10:42 AM (4 years ago)

    I just love the idea of an all white meal! What a great idea…might have to start doing this!
    Mo´s last blog post ..Happy Feast of Saint Nicholas!

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  5. Matthew
    5 December 2013 at 8:27 PM (4 years ago)

    It is a great point you make that the Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the whom of her mother, St. Anne. It is a great shame that Catholics are not all aware of this especially since this is a dogma of the Faith, required for us to believe for salvation, and we have a Holy Day of Obligation in its honor. I think this underscores our need to all spread this teaching far and wide for the honor of God.

    Great dinner ideas.
    Matthew´s last blog post ..Book Review: St. Edmund Campion Missal

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  6. Sue Elvis
    4 December 2013 at 8:18 PM (4 years ago)

    Jen,

    I have to admit that we don’t really have any traditions to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, apart from renewing our consecrations to Jesus through Mary. But now I have some ideas. A white meal? That’s something we could do. Thank you for sharing!
    Sue Elvis´s last blog post ..Bring Christ to Others

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  7. Joanne
    2 December 2013 at 10:49 PM (4 years ago)

    That’s really interesting about your white meal! I would have never have thought of anything like it. Maybe we will have to give it a try!

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  8. Lauren @ JourneyLiving
    2 December 2013 at 10:19 PM (4 years ago)

    Those meals sound delicious, and I love your idea of using the gingerbread cake as a symbol of that passage! I’ve never really thought much about foods directly tied to scripture/liturgy/symbolism etc. but it makes so much sense!

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  9. cyndi
    2 December 2013 at 2:23 PM (4 years ago)

    What a novel idea. A white meal for the feast day. I work in a parish and am in charge of the children’s faith formation programs. I bet I could adapt that white meal idea into a white snack idea!! Thanks!!!

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    jen Reply:

    I’m glad it helped — not an original idea on my part, but I’m happy to share it!

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