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Without God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world.

Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we present this beautiful sermon by St. Anselm which expresses his depth of theological insight concerning her role in the Divine Plan of salvation and her singular dignity. It is taken from Office of Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours, the official Prayer of the Church:

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A Sermon by St Anselm on Our Lady

Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night - everything that is subject to the power or use of man - rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendour by men who believe in God.

The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary\'s womb.

Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God\'s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary\'s Son, nothing could be redeemed.

Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

Keywords: Immaculate Conception, Mary, Devotion to Mary, Rosary, conceived without sin, Hail Mary, Marian, St. Anselm, Holy, Theotokos



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  1. Nella Hashimoto
    1 year ago

    This article was very helpful and inspirational in enriching spiritual life and knowledge of God and Our Lady, the mother of God. Many thanks and God bless. NH.

  2. Simon
    1 year ago

    This information is very impotent to some of us why becouse as for me i am a catechist this is the only way of gating the Corect information for my class i am no longer give my parish priest more work of helping doing my research but now i am only show him how i plan my lesson only to conferm.

  3. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    "Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself."
    Wow, St. Anselm! That last line is huge! Even for some Catholics.
    St. Anselm pray for us. Pray for my family, me, everybody to revere Mary as we should.
    Thanks Catholic Online.

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