The Immaculate Conception

Mary, Mother of God and Patroness of the United States

The Doctrine

In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX pronounced and defined: Blessed Virgin Mary 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.

The Blessed Virgin Mary … — Mary at the moment of the creation of her soul and its infusion into her body was immune from original sin.

◊ … in the first instance of her conception … — Mary is truly conceived when the soul is created and infused into her body. Mary was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin at the first moment of her existence, and sanctifying grace was given to her before sin could have taken effect in her soul.

◊ … was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin …— Thus Original sin was not removed from Mary’s soul, as it is removed from other human beings by baptism; it was excluded, it was never in her soul. At the same time with the exclusion of sin, the state of original sanctity, innocence, and justice, as opposed to original sin, was conferred upon her, by which gift every stain and fault, all lower emotions, passions, and weaknesses, essentially pertaining to original sin, were excluded. [However, Mary was not exempt from the temporal penalties of Adam: sorrow, bodily infirmities, and death.]

◊ … by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race.— Mary was given this immunity from original sin by a singular exemption from a universal law through the same merits of Christ, by which other human beings are washed from sin by baptism. Mary needed the Redeemer to obtain this exemption and be delivered from original sin.

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception is celebrated on the eighth of December.


Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is
the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour
of our death.

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. (Hail Mary)
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. (Hail Mary)
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary)
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to
whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same
Christ our Lord.

V. O Mary conceived without sin;
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

The Regina Coeli [Easter Season]

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let Us Pray: O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.


Joyful Mysteries[Monday/Saturday]
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity
4. The Presentation
5. The Finding in the Temple

Luminous Mysteries [Thursday]
1. Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

Sorrowful Mysteries [Tuesday/Friday]
1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowing with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries [Sunday/Wednesday]
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation of the Virgin


Patroness of the United States

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, conceived without sin! Remember, you were miraculously preserved from even the shadow of sin, because you were destined to become not only the Mother of God, but also the mother, the refuge, and the advocate of the human race; penetrated therefore, with the most lively confidence in your never-failing intercession, we most humbly implore you to look with favor upon the intentions of this Novena, and to obtain for us the graces and the favors we request. You know, O Mary, how often our hearts are the sanctuaries of God, Who abhors iniquity. Obtain for us, then, that angelic purity which was your favorite virtue, that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone, and that purity of intention which will consecrate every thought, word, and action to His greater glory. Obtain also for us a constant spirit of prayer and self-denial that we many recover by penance that innocence which we have lost by sin; and, at length, enter safely to that blessed abode of the saints, where nothing defiled can enter.

V. O Mary, conceived without sin.
R. Pray for us, who have recourse to you.