8/12: Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception – Pray Very Specially For Priests Today – Thank You!

8/12: Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception – Pray Very Specially For Priests Today – Thank You!

Ave Maria, Gratia plena
Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Dominus tecum
The Lord is with thee

Benedicta tu 

Blessed art thou

in mulieribus
among women

Et benedictus fructus ventris
 tuae, Jesus
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb – Jesus

Sancta Maria
Holy Mary

Mater Dei
Mother of God,

Ora pro nobis, peccatoribus
Pray for us, sinners,

Nunc et in hora mortis
now and at the hour of our death



Firstly, on this beautiful Feast, Catholic Truth wishes all readers, bloggers and visitors to this site every happiness and grace. For the sake of those visitors who may not be Catholics and unsure of the meaning of this Feast, you can read an explanation here

I suggest that we pray especially for priests today.  Our Lady has a particular love for priests – they are, after all, “other Christs” in the world.  Much as it pains me to say so, however, we are hearing of all sorts of terrible scandals involving the ordained, almost on a daily basis. The Devil has clearly targeted the priesthood at this time of terrible trial in the Church.  Given the exalted place of the priest in God’s plan of salvation, this should not surprise us:  “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. 

As always with devotional threads, share your thoughts about any relevant issues, as well as your favourite prayers, hymns, etc.   

A very happy Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception to one and all…  

Comments (14)

  • Athanasius

    A very happy Feast day to all. Let’s hope that today, perhaps, Our Lady will grant an answer to so many prayers concerning so many trying issues in the Church and the world right now, should it be God’s will. God knows, we could all be doing with a little good news.

    December 8, 2020 at 12:14 am
    • editor


      Yes, we certainly could be doing with a little good news so today is a great day to ask for Our Lady’s intercession for those churchmen who are either failing to preach the Faith or causing scandal or both. And also for those faithful priests who become dispirited when faced with the scandals in the Church caused by other priests. They must suffer a great deal.

      Happy Feast!

      December 8, 2020 at 9:35 am
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Ed first off a very Happy Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception and I apologise for being a nuisance to you at times . I don’t know exactly the Flack that you yourself must come under from all sides by keeping this great Site Going so Thanks. Now that av got that out of the way, I also without a Doubt feel for our Priests , especially the ones who believe they are Priests 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a week 52 weeks of the year . I also thank God for our own Very Good Priest of whom I have seen out shopping more than a few times and is Always Dressed as a Priest .As for Our Blessed Lady I know that the prayers said to Her for me in my younger days especially ,NEVER ever, went unanswered and one of My favourite films is The Song of Bernadette .What a wonderful Saint this Women is . We also know that Our Lady is Hated and at least am trying to be on the correct road for when I defend Her am also defending Her Son , Once when talking to a Very Old and of whom I thought was a Wise Man, and who was also a Church of Scotland Elder . One day when talking to him he said ” The real difference in beliefs between the 2 of us is Mary ” that alone was untrue but I asked him ” Why Mary ” he used the same untrue statement that Protestants have been using for many decades if not centuries .” Well you see you Catholics Worship Mary but we Protestants don’t and we only see Her as a Vessel ” .I of course told him that we do not nor never had Worshipped Our Lady and that God never used anyone as a mere Vessel far less the Mother of His Son the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity .Sure I said to him that even every hair on our head was counted ( it was about 36 years ago when I had plenty ) and we are Nothing compared to Our Blessed Lady . That was the end of the conversation . God Bless You and Take Care . J .D.

        December 8, 2020 at 6:57 pm
      • editor


        A very happy Feast day to you, as well – and where did you get the idea that you are EVER a nuisance? Not remotely! You’re a case for the High Court, right enough, but don’t worry – I’ll always bail you out!

        Here’s some breaking news that I’ll share with you before I tell the rest of them…

        Pope Francis is set to canonise Joe Biden! Unbelievable, I know, but the Pope says he is totally persuaded by the sheer number of people whom Joe has raised from the dead!

        Hilarious – yes? No? As is your comment quoting Scriptures, and “every hair on your head is counted” – “this from about 36 years ago when I had plenty”… Priceless! Thank you for giving us lots of laughs, FOOF. You are a star!

        December 8, 2020 at 10:39 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    A while back on another thread Athanasius posted this hymn, I can imagine it being sung during the Chartres Pilgrimage. It is a lovely hymn in honour of Our Lady.

    December 8, 2020 at 9:05 am
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      Thank you for that – I remember that hymn from a previous thread – it’s beautiful.

      I have a special intention today for which I’d appreciate your prayers – and the prayers of everyone reading this. Thank you!

      And a very happy Feast to you.

      December 8, 2020 at 9:38 am
    • Laura

      Theresa Rose,

      I love that hymn – and the James Last at the top. How beautiful they both are and what a fantastic idea to post a video with the famous paintings of Our Lady as the Ave Maria is played by such a famous orchestra.

      I’ve never been to Chartres but I can imagine it would sound fabulous sung by such a crowd.

      December 8, 2020 at 11:32 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Abp. Vigano’s powerful message for this Feast Day:


    December 8, 2020 at 3:06 pm
    • Athanasius


      Very powerful message indeed from Archbishop Vigano. Who knows, maybe today on this great Feast of the Immaculate Conception Our Lady will manifest her power to crush the head of the serpent. We can but hope and pray.

      December 8, 2020 at 3:31 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Yes, it is powerful – I just wish he hadn’t included Akita in his list of apparitions. Still, given the state of play these days, I suppose we should be thankful he didn’t mention Medjugorje 😀

      December 8, 2020 at 10:41 pm
  • editor

    Breaking News, folks (in case you’ve missed it in Faith of Our Fathers post)…

    Pope Francis is to canonise Joe Biden – he says he just cannot ignore the fact that he has raised countless people from the dead 😀

    As the Feast day draws to a close, perhaps we could remember a special prayer for President Trump. Watching him on screen a few days ago, he looked exhausted and terribly serious. He is definitely under diabolical attack, and listening to the beautiful James Last video above, with the various artistic depictions of Our Lady presented during the playing of the Ave Maria, reminded me of the conclusion of the Republican Party Conference (RNC) where the Ave Maria was sung – the Devil is out to get President Trump and when people are obsessed – or more accurately, possessed – it is truly terrifying. How anyone can listen to the Ave Maria and feel such hatred and set upon a course of evil-doing, is beyond me – it is, really and truly terrifying. Pray for such -potentially lost – souls.

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for President Trump! Ave Maria!

    December 8, 2020 at 10:55 pm
    • Laura


      Love the joke, LOL!

      I definitely agree about the need to pray for Trump. He is being hammered by the evil people trying to cheat him out of the election. A lesser man would have thrown in the towel by now. I hope he manages to “stop the steal”!

      Happy Feast everyone!

      December 8, 2020 at 11:30 pm
  • gabriel syme

    A happy Feast day to everyone! (just got in on time!).

    December 8, 2020 at 11:55 pm
  • editor

    Happy Feast, Gabriel Syme…

    Don’t apologise for being late – at least you’re not like a friend I once had whose philosophy is best summed up as follows…


    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this lovely Feast day thread. I’ll now close to comments and we can meet again next December 8th when – at least – we’ll have new restrictions on our freedom…

    Happy Feast! Ave Maria!

    December 9, 2020 at 12:24 am

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