Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 8 December - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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“You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.” 

Luke 1:26-38

Today on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are reminded of Mary’s perfection. From the moment of her birth, she was marked out as special. Free from sin, only she could become the mother of our Lord.  

Yet, while Mary was special, she was also ordinary. She was unaware of her own importance until the angel came to tell her that she would bear a son. With these words her life was changed forever. 

Filled with hopes and dreams for their children’s future, becoming a mother is life-changing whatever the circumstances.  

Amina, a refugee in Kenya, says, “My hope is that my children will grow up in a good environment with good health, and I will be able to provide for them what they require. I want to bring them up well.” 

These hopes are echoed by mothers around the world. Together we pray, and work, so that these hopes may become a reality.

Advent prayer

Mary, we ask you to pray for us and for all mothers throughout the world. May the hopes that they have for their children be realised, so that all may reach their full potential.  

Hail Mary, … 

You could also ask Our Lady to intercede for all refugees with this prayer.


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