Blessed are you… | 2018 Novena to the Immaculate Conception

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Join the Friends of the St. Josemaria Institute for the annual Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Each day of the novena we honor our Lady by taking the time to pause, reflect, and pray for her intercession, preparing for her feast day on December 8th.

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Day One: Mary, Full of Grace

Day Two: Mother of God and Our Mother

Day Three: Mary, Teacher of Prayer

Day Four: Mary, Woman of Faith

Day Five: Mary, Mother of Fair Love

Day Six: Holy Mary, Our Hope

Day Seven: Mary, Our Refuge and Strength

Day Eight: Mary, Our Teacher in Everyday Life

Day Nine: Our Lady Queen of Apostles


The Novena to the Immaculate Conception is a custom that flourished in the Church as a way of preparing for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.

St. Josemaria Escriva encouraged everyone to practice this devotion and to do so personally in whatever way they thought best. In addition to special prayers and readings, our devotion can also include a greater effort to keep up a constant conversation with our Lady and to put loving care into our prayer and daily tasks. During the novena we can also help our family members, friends and acquaintances to come closer to Jesus Christ through our Mother Mary.


“The divine Motherhood of Mary is the source of all the perfections and privileges with which she is endowed. Because of it, she was conceived immaculate and is full of grace; because of it, she is ever virgin, she was taken up body and soul to heaven and has been crowned Queen of all creation, above the angels and saints. Greater than she, none but God. ‘The Blessed Virgin from the fact that she is the Mother of God has a certain infinite dignity which comes from the infinite good, which is God.’ There is no danger of exaggerating. We can never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery; nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity.

“We were sinners and enemies of God. Redemption has not only freed us from sin and reconciled us with Our Lord. It has also made us into children of God and has given us a Mother, the very Mother who gave birth to the Word when he took human nature. Could there ever be a greater, more generous, outpouring of love? God longed to redeem us and, in his infinite wisdom, could have chosen many different ways of carrying out his most holy Will. He chose one which dispels all possible doubts about our salvation and glorification. ‘Just as the first Adam was not born of man and woman, but was formed of earth, so also the last Adam, who was to heal the wound of the first, took a body formed in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, in order to be, in his flesh, equal to the flesh of those who sinned.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 276

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