Monday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation that celebrates Mary, Mother of Jesus, as being uniquely conceived without original sin.
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated Mass Monday morning in the Mary Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. The following is a transcription of the bishop’s homily:
“Throughout the liturgies of the advent season, we listen again and again to the prophets of Israel and John the Baptist as they prepare the world for the coming of the Word made flesh. Soon, we will celebrate with joyful hearts, the Nativity of our Lord, the birth of our Immanuel: God with us.
“Today though, we honor Mary, the Servant of the Word par excellence. We celebrate the Father’s choice of this daughter of Israel, this young woman of Nazareth, to be the bearer of the Incarnate Word who would be Savior of the World. We celebrate Mary by many beautiful titles, each of which really shines as a facet of the jewel that Mary is in the history of salvation and our lives. She is the queen of prophets and apostles; the queen of peace. She is seat of wisdom, mystical rose, morning star. She is health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted. She is mother of the Redeemer and mother of the Church.
“On this day, Catholics around the world honor Mary under another title: Immaculate Conception. It’s under that title that our nation honors the Mother of God, our patroness. We recall with awe the declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception 160 years ago today by Pope Pius IX when he solemnly decreed the most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her conception, by the singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. read more...