Immaculate

Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden.
      
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He
     that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His Name. And His
     Mercy is from generation unto generations upon them that fear Him.
      
He hath shewed might in His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit
     of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted
    the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath
     sent empty away.
      
He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.
      
 Family celebration of the Immaculate Conception

Prepare an all
white meal for dinner and then discuss with your children the dogma  of
the Immaculate Conception with the visual aids of dinner showing the
purity and the stainlessness of Mary’s soul.

Ideas for dinner:

Appetizers: Rice crackers and white cheeses;
Soups: cream soups, such as clam chowder, pototo soup, cream of celery;
Main Course: chicken breasts, pasta with alfredo sauce;
Side
Dishes: mashed potatoes, white rice, cauliflower with (or without)
white cheese sauce, white bread (with crusts removed), white corn;
Dessert: White cake with white icing, meringue kisses, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, white chocolate.

Mary’s Candle

An
especially appealing project for this Solemnity of Mary is to make a
special candle. This candle can be made by attaching a picture or
figure of the Infant Jesus to the base of a large pillar-type candle.
You might carve a little niche for a tiny figure in the wax. The figure
is then veiled (a piece of cloth fastened with pins) until Christmas
Eve, when the veil is removed to reveal the Holy Child. On the
Immaculate Conception, and every evening until Christmas Eve, have the
children light "Mary’s candle" when they say their prayers, and say the
Hail Mary, or read with them her prayer, called the Magnificat (above).

Rose for Mary

It would also be appropriate to have children place a rose before a picture or image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this day.

Special Prayers

The Angelus

Ave Maria Stella

The Memorare

Salve Regina

Thou Art All Fair, O Mary

O Pure and Immaculate

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception

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