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December 9


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

  • On this feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is the Patronal Feastday of the United States of America, recite the Hail Mary or this prayer at the evening meal.

  • This year, because of a quirk of the calendar, there is no obligation to attend Mass on this Feastday, although you may still wish to do so considering Mary's preeminent position among the saints.  Confused about moveable feastdays?  Here's an explanation.

  • The Immaculate Conception is among the most misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church.  Here's an breakdown of what it means.
  • Watch a video featuring children reciting the Hail Mary in their native languages.

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