Friday, December 08, 2006

You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death ...

The image of the Virgin is found in the Church. Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception ...
"Her liberation was achieved by God who blessed her 'in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.'

It was God who chose her in Christ, 'before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.'

The grace that was Mary's from the moment of her conception became ours at the time of our Baptism.

This is possible because the old enmity that entered the world when sin did has been overcome by this woman's offspring, who is none other than the Son of God."

Vatican II Sunday Missal, Millennium Edition, Daughters of St. Paul.
Bible Readings for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Genesis 3:9-15, 20, Eph. 1:3-6, 11-12, Luke 1:26-38

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