Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2009

December 8, 2009

I very much like today’s readings from the Divine Office.  Here is a passage from the second reading, taken from a sermon of St. Anselm:

The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb.

Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.

One of the sung texts for today’s liturgy is Tota pulchra es, Maria (though one’s chances of finding a parish that sings it are quite poor).  Here is the music, with an audio link below:

Alleluia!  You are entirely beautiful, Maria, and the stain of original sin is not in you.  Alleluia!
(sung by Stile Antico, from Song of Songs [Harmonia Mundi])

3 Responses to “Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2009”

  1. Janet Says:

    That was beautiful, Craig. Thanks.

  2. Giovanni Says:

    They sang it in my parish!


  3. cburrell Says:

    You have a good parish, Giovanni. I’m just the tiniest bit jealous.

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