Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 9 December - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sagal Aliche sitting in her home in Uganda smiling

Sagal Aliche, 65, has lived in rural Uganda all her life

“Rejoice so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 

Luke 1:28

On this feast day of the Immaculate Conception, we are reminded of how Mary is chosen from the very beginning of her existence to be the Mother of our Lord.

We are also reminded that we are all chosen by God. Before we are born, God knows us and has a plan for us.

But it is up to us to listen to God calling us in our lives, and as Mary does, to say “yes” when God asks something of us.

This takes courage. It is not easy. But we are not alone. The Lord is with us.

This Advent, let us pray that we may be willing to follow Mary’s example of faithfulness and courage. Let us ask her to be our guide as we make our way through life.

Let us say “yes” to what God is asking of us. May we be brave and make a change, to our own lives and to the lives of others. And do our best to be the kind of person that God knows and wants us to be.

Advent prayer

Mother of God, pray for us that we may be guided by your example of courage and faithfulness. May we fulfil God’s plan for us and bring about a better world.

Hail Mary…. 


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Read our blog and reflect on the different qualities of the Virgin Mary and how she can inspire us to have the strength and courage to act as God asks of us.  

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