Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
A Schutzmantel Madonna from the Archdiocese of Freiburg
“Through the fulness of your grace, the things in the lower world rejoice in the gift of freedom and the things above the world are gladdened by being renewed. Through the one glorious Son of your glorious virginity all the just who died before his life-giving death rejoice that their captivity has been ended and the angels delight that their half-ruined city is restored.
“O woman, full and more than full of grace, all creation has received of the overflow of your fulness and its youth has been renewed! O blessed and more than blessed Virgin, through your blessing all creation is blessed. Not only is creation blessed by the creator but creation blessees its creator.”
From the discourses of St Anselm from today’s office of readings.