Novena for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

(November 29 - December 8) 

First Day

Lo, at thy sacred feet I bow, Virgin Immaculate, the while my heart overflows with joy, in unison with thine own, because, before time was, thou wast the Mother elect of the Eternal Word, and preserved stainless from the taint of Adam's sin. Forever praised, forever blest be the Most Holy Trinity, Who in thy conception poured out upon thy soul the riches of that matchless privilege.  I humbly pray thee, gracious Mother, obtain for me grace to triumph over my birth-sin's bitter fruit. Ah yes! make me victorious over them, that I may never cease to love my God. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Second Day

Mary, unsullied, holy, of heavenly purity, I rejoice with thee because from thy conception's earliest dawn thou wast full of grace and wast gifted with perfect use of reason. I thank and adore the ever blessed Trinity, Who gave thee those high gifts. Lo, at thy feet I bow, my face overwhelmed with shame to see myself so poor in grace. O thou who wast full of heavenly grace, from that same fount of grace shed some few drops upon my soul, making me share the treasures of Thy Immaculate Conception.  

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

 

Third Day

Mary, thou mystic Rose of Purity, my heart rejoices with thine own, for the glorious triumph thou didst gain over the infernal serpent by thy Immaculate Conception, thy soul not knowing the stain of Adam's sin. I thank and praise with my whole heart the ever blessed Trinity, Who granted thee that glorious privilege; and I pray thee, gracious Lady, obtain for me such spiritual courage that I, too, may overcome the wiles of the great enemy, and never stain my soul with mortal sin. Mother be thou mine, and make me, standing beneath thy shelter, victorious over the common foe of our eternal welfare. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

 

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Fourth Day

Mirror of Holy Purity, Mary, Virgin Immaculate, great is my joy to gaze upon thy soul, and to see how there were infused into it from thy Immaculate Conception, all high and most perfect virtues, with all the gifts of God's most Holy Spirit.  I thank and praise the ever-blessed Trinity, Who bestowed upon thee these high honors. I pray thee, gentle Mother, let me, beneath thy fostering hand, show forth each Christian virtue, and so be worthy to be partaker of the gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

 

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Fifth Day

Mary, bright Moon of Purity, I rejoice with thee, because the mystery of thy Immaculate Conception first brought light and salvation to the race of man, and was the joy of the benighted world. I thank and praise the ever-blessed Trinity, Who thus did magnify and glory the person of thy humanity. Lady, of thee I beg the grace so to profit by thy dear Son's Death and Passion, that not in vain His Precious Blood was shed for me upon the cross, but that after a holy life I may reach heaven in safety. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

 

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Sixth Day

Mary Immaculate, most brilliant Star of Purity, I rejoice with thee because thy Immaculate Conception has bestowed upon the angels in Paradise the greatest joy.  I thank and praise the ever-blessed Trinity for enriching thee with that high privilege. O let me, too, one day enter into this heavenly joy, in the company of angels, praising and blessing thee, world without end. Amen. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

 

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Seventh Day

Mary Immaculate, Morn of Purity, with thee I rejoice, gazing in wonder upon thy soul, confirmed in grace at the first moment of thy Conception, and rendered inaccessible to sin. I thank and magnify the ever-blessed Trinity, from all our race electing thee alone to this especial privilege. Holiest Virgin, let thy mighty prayers work in my soul such utter hatred of all sin, as of our ills the worst, that I may rather die than ever again commit a mortal sin. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Eighth Day

O spotless Sun! O Virgin Mary, I congratulate thee. I rejoice with thee, because in thy Conception God gave thee grace greater and more boundless than He ever shed on all his angels and His saints together, when all their merits culminated highest. I thank and marvel at the vast beneficence of the ever-blessed Trinity, Who, with open hand, dispensed to Thee alone this privilege. O make me, too, co-operate with the grace of God and never spurn it from me.  O Mother, change this heart of mine; make me in good earnest now begin to tread the penitential path. 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

 

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Ninth Day

O Living Light of Holiness, Model of Purity, Mary Immaculate, Virgin and Mother, as soon as thou wast conceived thou didst adore thy God, giving Him thanks that in thee the ancient curse was annulled, and blessing come again upon the sinful sons of Adam. O make this blessing kindle again in my heart love towards God; and do thou fan this flame of love within me, that I may ever love Him more constantly, and then in heaven eternally enjoy Him, there to thank and praise Him more and more fervently for all His wondrous privileges conferred upon thee, and to rejoice with thee for thy high crown of glory.

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary or one Hail Mary

V. In thy conception, Virgin, thou wast immaculate.

R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son was born of thee.

Let us pray.

O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son, grant, we beseech, that as by the anticipation of the death of Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so we, too, purified by her intercession, may come to Thee, though the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.