Today begins the popular novena of the Immaculate Conception, which last for 9 days until the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception on 8 December.
The novena prayer for today opens as follows:
Behold me at thy sacred feet, O Immaculate Virgin. I rejoice with thee, because from all eternity thou wast elected to be the Mother of the Eternal Word, and wast preserved stainless from the taint of original sin.
Complete novena text
All who wear the Miraculous Medal around their neck will receive great graces, especially those who wear it with confidence.
- Mary to St Catherine Labouré, 1830
With concordant mirth inspired,
All our sadness now retired,
Mary let the Church recall,
Heralding her praise to all:
- Concordi Laetitia, 13th century hymn
You are the Queen of heaven, the mistress of the universe; in short, you are the Mother of God. You are great, but your greatness does not prevent, nay, even it inclines you to greater compassion towards us in our miseries.
- St Alphonsus Liguori