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Immaculate Conception Octave of Masses Begins Friday, December 8

Join fellow members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in celebrating the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother. This is the solemn feast commemorating God’s gracious gift to Mary in preserving her from the stain of original sin. 

In 1830, Mary called upon all people to invoke her as “conceived without sin,” as this phrase appears on the Miraculous Medal she instructed Catherine Labouré to create and promote. 

On December 8, 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX released a document defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, stating that she: “In the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.” 

Take a moment now to entrust your intentions to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They will be placed near Mary’s Altar at the National Shrine in Perryville, Missouri, and remembered throughout the eight-day octave of Masses in celebration of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, beginning December 8. 

You are also invited to recite this prayer daily during the octave to enhance your observance of this feast.

Requesting a Votive Light to burn is another special sign of your love for the Mother of God — the pure and holy Queen through whom every grace and favor flow to us!
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