The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O God, you preserved the Virgin from all stain of sin through the redemptive death of your Son, and thus you made of her a worthy dwelling place for him. Through her intercession, free us from all sin, that we may celebrate with hearts made pure the mystery of his birth, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

Prayer from Magnificat—U.S. Edition, Morning Prayer, Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Image: Mary’s holy and immaculate conception, by Francisco RiziMuseo del Prado, 17th-century, Oil on canvas.