"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
~ Luke 1:26-38
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America
Long before the angel Gabriel spoke those words to Mary, she was preserved from original sin. While Mary was in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, she was kept sinless by the virtue of the foreseen life and death of Christ. This was the Immaculate Conception. Mary was concieved without original sin.
What better vessel to house the Son of God. Thank you, Mary. Thank you for your fiat. Thank you for your motherly love.