Today my mom and I will start an Immaculate Conception Novena. What is a novena? A novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin “novem”, meaning nine.) According to Scripture, after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he told his disciples to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). Doctrine proposes that the Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary, and other followers of Jesus prayed together for nine consecutive days, concluding in the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
The Novena we are saying can be found here:
What exactly is the Immaculate Conception? It’s not what you think it is…most think it’s the conception of Jesus in the womb of our Lady. In actuality, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is HER conception in the womb of her mother St. Anne. Church Doctrine states that from the moment of her existence, her conception, Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. (“macula” in Latin.)
The Immaculate Conception is church dogma. In Luke 1:28, the Angel Gabriel greets her by saying, “Hail, Full of Grace!” This “exchange” was from the Annunciation…when Gabriel told her she would become the mother of Jesus. In order to become the mother of our Lord, she was given the gifts appropriate for such a role. And one of these gifts was being born without original sin. Take a peek at “New Advent” for more information on the Immaculate Conception.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Wednesday, December 8 and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. What is a Holy Day of Obligation?
On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body. ( I love my church! )
We invite you to join us in this Novena! Even if you aren’t Catholic…give it a whirl! I dare you! The Blessed Virgin Mary has never been known to fail anyone who calls upon her for her intercession.