Thursday, December 7, 2006

Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Feminine Genius has more on the Nativity film and doctrine of the virgin birth, with commentary by Father Angelo Mary of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. He explains it better than I ever could. As Teresa of Avila often said, there is nothing like the guidance of a learned priest.

Here is an excerpt from the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception:

Holy Mary, Mother of God, I firmly believe in thy Immaculate Conception. I bless God for having granted thee this glorious privilege. I thank Him a thousand times for having
taught it to me by the infallible voice of the Church. Receive my heart, O Immaculate Virgin; I give it to thee without reserve; purify it; guard it; never give it back to me,
preserve it in thy love and in the love of Jesus during time and eternity. AMEN.

V. Thy name, O Mary, is as oil poured out.
R. Thy servants have loved thee exceedingly.

Let us pray.
O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, did prepare a worthy habitation for Thy Son: we beseech Thee, that as in view of the death of that Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain of sin, so Thou wouldst enable us, being made pure by her intercession, to come unto Thee. Through the same Christ Our Lord. AMEN.


Anonymous said...

I saw only a short clip of the movie and thought how tragic that Mary should
be depicted as having the attitudes of a LA Valley Girl. My daughters, who
were not even destined to be Queen of Heaven, never displayed such behavior.
I had and have no intention of seeing it. I would find it too irritating.
Even The Passion of the Christ bothered me in the scene that depicted Jesus'
familiarity with his Mother which I felt was unrealistic even for modern

Anonymous said...

Yes this is a good article, which I put up at my blog as well. I am unable to get into Feminine Genius on this computer (not letting me get into any typepad blogs for some reason), but I would love to read that discussion there as well.

Anonymous said...

I am having the same problem with halo scan!

I am glad these doctrinal issues are being clarified in blogdom by a priest.

Anonymous said...

Alice, yes, that would be disturbing to see Mary portrayed as a Valley Girl....ughh!

I thought that the moment in the Passion with Jesus affectionately playing around with His mother was very human. I never thought about it in the light that it may not be realistic even for today, as you say. However, I kinda think that it is realistic for today, as I know many people who have (had)utmost love and respect for their moms yet still could be playful with them at times.

As far as Jesus's times, I don't know that era with much expertise, but I would imagine that the relationship between Mary and Jesus was so close as to allow for this type of interaction. They were so much of one heart and mind that never could there be any misunderstanding (of disrespect, for example) between them.