Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Mater Purissima – Ora Pro Nobis


The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. -Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854

In 1858, between February 11th and July 16th, the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto at Massabielle near Lourdes in France and instructed this humble saint to pray for the conversion of sinners.  Let us pray that the world may heed the voice of our Lady calling us to the life of penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners.

Our Blessed Mother also told St. Bernadette that she is the Immaculate Conception.  Therefore, each year we have the joy of celebrating the Feast of Lady of Lourdes and give thanks to God for his loving mercy in giving us the Immaculate Conception to be our Mother, and to be the Health of the Sick.

Mary was not only preserved from all stain of original sin but remained free of any kind of sin during her life on earth.  As our Lady was so pure that God’s glory and mercy shine through her, may we who are her children become channels of God’s healing and love to others.

God of mercy,
we celebrate the feast of Mary,
the sinless Mother of God.
May her prayers help us to rise above our human weakness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with your and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(From the Office of the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes)


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