From the feast of the Ascension to Pentecost, the Church recalls the days the Apostles spent in prayer awaiting the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. In any case, we all need the gifts that the Holy Spirit promises! (more…)
Today is the First Friday of December.
If you have been confused or have never heard of these devotions, I found a good article which describes the devotion as well as our Lord’s and our Blessed Mother’s promises to those who live this devotion.
The joy of a feast day is too great to contain within one day. That is why we often have entire liturgical seasons and octaves. For example, after Christmas Day we have the octave of Christmas–eight days of Christmas, followed by an entire season of Christmas until the Baptism of the Lord (Candlemas, February 2, for the old calendar).
We also like to prepare for feast days, and one good way to do this is to pray a novena. The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is the day on which we celebrate Mary who was conceived without original sin.
Here is a good pdf with a way to celebrate the Novena.
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Let us give our Blessed Mother some special affection and make a resolution to honor her in a special way during these grace filled days. She is our mother and she looks forward to being with us. Let us entrust her with our worries, our joys, our struggles, our desires to be free from any habitual sin, a desire for clarity in vocational discernment. A desire to be more faithful to our vocation…