On March 31, 1876 Pius IX authorized the following antiphon, versicle and prayer in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The prayer below is the collect for the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8)
|Ant. Haec est virga in qua nec nodus originalis, nec cortex actualis culpae fuit.||Ant. This is the rod in which there was neither knot of original sin, nor rind of actual guilt.|
| V. In conceptione tua, O Virgo, immaculata fuisti. |
R. Ora pro nobis Patrem, cuius Filium peperisti.
| V. In thy conception, O Virgin, thou wast immaculate. |
R. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son thou didst bring forth.
|DEUS, qui per immaculatam Virginis Conceptionem dignum Filio tuo habitaculum praeparasti, quaesumus, ut qui ex morte eiusdem Filii tui praevisa eam ab omni labe praeservasti, nos quoque mundos, eius intercessione, ad te pervenire concedas. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.||O GOD, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst make ready a fitting habitation for Thy Son, we beseech Thee that Thou who didst keep her clean from all stain by the precious death of the same Thy Son, foreseen by Thee, mayest grant unto us in like manner to be made clean through her intercession and so attain to Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.|
From the Raccolta #410. (S. C. Ind. Dec. 14, 1889; S. P., March 15, 1934).
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