OCTOBER DEVOTION: UNDERSTANDING THE MARIAN TITLES IN THE LITANY OF LORETO (PART 2) – DAY 16: “QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN” (REGINA SINE LABE ORIGINALI CONCEPTA)

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DAY 16 PRAYER INTENTION: Today, pray particularly for all women who have sadly experienced miscarriages frequently. May Our Lady who was conceived without original sin visit them, strengthen and assist them, and grant them the grace to carry their pregnancies successfully unto delivery to the greater glory of God. Amen (Also add your own intention…)

Now, say the 20 decades of the Rosary…

At the end of the 20 decades, say the following Prayers:

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us!

Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us (Repeat after each invocation)

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,
pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Saviour,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honour,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower if ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Solace of Migrants,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body;
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Prayer to Saint Joseph after the Rosary

To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, die a holy death, and obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

DAY 16 REFLECTION: “QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN” (REGINA SINE LABE ORIGINALI CONCEPTA)

The ninth of Our Lady’s twelve invocations as “Queen” in her Litany, praises her as “Queen Conceived without Original Sin” (Latin Regina Sine Labe Originali Concepta). Interestingly, approaching the end of the litany points us to two of the Marian dogmas – Immaculate Conception and Assumption. Today, being the sixteenth day of our October Devotion, we shall be examining this title: “Queen Conceived without Original Sin.” Now, how can the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception be explained?

First, it is necessary to recall the four dogmas that refer to Mary: 1. Perpetual Virginity; 2. Divine Motherhood; 3. Immaculate Conception; 4. Assumption into Heaven. The first two dogmas are defined in the Bible and recognized by the Church Tradition throughout the first millennium. The latter two are recent definitions of the Church, also having their roots in both Scripture and  Tradition as well. Interestingly, none of these dogmas is concerned with defining Mary’s identity or merits. All Marian dogmas, in fact, are Christological, that is, they defend the nature of Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word, truly human and divine.

Having said this, what does it mean to invoke our lady as “Queen Conceived without Original Sin” (Immaculate Conception)? Here, we simply mean that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain. Thus, by affirming that Mary was conceived without Original sin, it follows then, that she did not commit any sin during her lifetime on earth. However, how can we understand this reality in the light of the Pauline “All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God?” (Rm. 3:23). To begin with, the Church affirms Mary’s immaculateness from the truths of Sacred Scripture and Tradition. Beginning with the Scriptures, we see that the traditional translation, “full of grace,” (kecharitomene) is interpreted in a different way in many recent versions of the New Testament, which give something along the lines of “highly favoured daughter.” Since the New Testament was originally written in Greek, the expression of the angel in Greek, “kecharitomene” never mentions the word for “daughter”, it simply means “full of grace.” Nevertheless, even if we go by the translation of the recent versions of today’s bibles, we can still see that Mary is indeed a highly favoured daughter of God, and the question is: “how can one who is highly favoured by God be exposed to the corruption of original sin?” indeed, the highly favoured one must be an exception to the phrase: “for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s grace…” (Rom. 3:23).

Therefore, the grace given to Mary is at once permanent and of a unique kind. As explained earlier in one of my posts, the Greek, ‘kecharitomene’ is a perfect passive participle of ‘charitoo,’ meaning “to fill or endow with grace.” Since this term is in the ‘perfect tense,’ it indicates that Mary was graced in the past and with continuing effects in the present. So, the grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit. In fact, the Church holds, it extended over the whole of her life, from conception onward. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence because she has been chosen even before she was born. Little wonder she says in her ‘Magnificat: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour… the Almighty has done ‘great’ things for me…” (Luke 1:47ff) The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that she was “redeemed in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son” (CCC #492). She has more reason to call God her Saviour than we do because He saved her in an even more glorious manner.

Invoking our Lady as the “Queen Conceived without Original Sin” implies that she was free from the defilement of sin. We should have it in mind that there are two types of sins: Original sin and Actual sin. Original sin is the sin we all inherited from our first parents (Adam and Eve), which is necessarily washed away by our Baptism. While Actual sin is referred to as the sins we commit in our day to day lives. It is true that if Adam and Eve had not committed the Original sin, we won’t be sinners today; because the Original sin infuses “concupiscence” (the tendency to often commit sin) in every man. Thus, the Original sin gave way for Actual sin. Having exposed this, and following the syllogism of the point above, we can say that since Mary was preserved from Original Sin, it also implies that she did not commit an Actual Sin. Now, looking at the Pauline phrase cited above “All have sinned”, the first question that arises here is, have all people committed actual sins? The answer is obviously no. This is indicated in St. Paul in the letter to the Romans when he speaks of the time when Jacob and Esau were unborn babies as a time when they “had done nothing either good or bad” (cf. Rom. 9:11). Apparently, because a child below the age of reasoning, by definition, cannot sin, since sinning requires the ability to reason. Notwithstanding, the idea is that we’re all sinners. Therefore, the term “all” is used to refer to the majority. Also, if Paul’s statement in Romans 3 includes an exception for the New Adam (Jesus), one may argue that an exception for the New Eve (Mary) can also be made. How is this possible? The book of Genesis 3:15, says: “And God said to the serpent ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and hers; it will crush your head while you strike at its heel.’” Now, what does the passage of Genesis have to do with Mary’s Immaculate Conception? Genesis 3:15 is the first passage in the Bible that refers to Jesus defeating satan on the cross. It is also the first verse that shows us how Mary would become the New Eve. The Seed of the “Woman”, who would crush the serpent’s head, is Jesus. The Woman at enmity, or hostility with the serpent, is Mary. It was God who put this hostility between Mary and satan (the serpent), and it is believed to be in the same likeness as Christ’s hostility for the seed of the serpent. What exactly do all these mean? For Mary to be like Christ in His hostility for satan forever, it is very possible to say that this passage implies Mary’s lack of sin. What better way is there to be in total hostility with satan than to be in God’s constant grace? As the New Eve, Mary undid the “NO” of the Old Testament Eve by saying, “YES” to bear Jesus. Therefore, how can someone who’s in enmity with satan be with sin, since sin is of satan? Impossible!

A confusion that may arise here is: if Mary were without sin, then, can we say she is equal to God? No! In the beginning, God created Adam, Eve, and the angels without sin, but none of them was equal to God. Most of the angels never sinned, and all souls in heaven are without sin. This does not take away the glory of God but manifests it by the work He has done in sanctifying his creation. Sinning does not make one human; rather, it is when a man is without sin that he is most fully what God intends him to be: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Also in another passage, St. Peter quotes Leviticus 11:44 and exhorts the Christians to be holy in the way God is holy (cf. 1Peter 1:16)

Importantly, on Thursday, 25th March 1858, Bernadette of Lourdes (a city in France) recounted the apparition of the Virgin Mary and what she heard from her. According to Bernadette, “the Lady lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer, that were held out and open towards the ground and said to me: ‘Que soy era Immaculada Concepciou.’ (I am the Immaculate Conception). The young visionary left and, running all the way, repeated continuously the words that she did not understand. These words troubled the brave Parish Priest. Bernadette was ignorant of the fact that the theological expression (Immaculate Conception) was assigned to the Blessed Virgin four years earlier, in 1854, when Pope Pius IX declared this a truth of the Catholic Faith (a dogma).

Dear friends in Christ, without God’s grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless. The Holy Spirit even declared her blessedness from the lips of Elizabeth during the visitation scene “Blessed are you among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42).  The conclusion is inescapable, how can someone who is blessed among all women and chosen by God to bring forth His Son (holy of holies) be in contact with the stain of sin? Indeed, a bad tree cannot produce good fruits, it is only a good tree that produces good fruits – according to Christ himself (cf. Matthew 7:17-18; Luke 6:43)

Above all, by invoking Mary’s immaculateness in her Litany, may we come to imitate her in our daily efforts to attain holiness and be free from all defilement of body and soul, because ‘nothing defiled shall enter heaven’ (Rev. 21:27)

Let Us Pray
Almighty God, You willed that the Blessed Virgin Mary be undefiled by the stain of sin right from her conception in order to be a worthy channel of grace – Mother of your beloved Son. May by invoking the “Queen Conceived without Sin,” may we continually be purified from our defilements, and come to be more configured to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

O “Queen Conceived Without Sin” (Regina Sine Labe Originali Concepta), pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Blessing
Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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Shalom!
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Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Vila Sabrina, São Paulo, Brazil
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Jesus-Pikin
Jesus-Pikin
3 years ago

Amen

the Original sin infuses “concupiscence” (the tendency to often commit sin) in every man. Thus, the Original sin gave way for Actual sin.

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

O “Queen Conceived Without Sin” (Regina Sine Labe Originali Concepta), pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago
Reply to  Adaeze

Amen

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

Mary conceived without sin, pray for us

Nnekapurour
Nnekapurour
2 years ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
2 years ago

0 Mary conceived without sin! Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

Oh Queen conceived without sin Pray for us who have recourse to Thee

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
8 months ago

Even though conceived without original sin, Mary still has the free will to either accept or reject God’s plan through her, but she chose to allow the Holy Spirit to take control.

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
8 months ago

O “Queen Conceived Without Sin”, pray for us who have recourse to thee Amen

Sule Adanu
Sule Adanu
8 months ago

Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
8 months ago

O Mary Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, pray for your children.

Henry
Henry
8 months ago

Queen Conceived Without Sin… pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
8 months ago

Oh Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Isioma
Isioma
8 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Mike-kusah, Vickie
Mike-kusah, Vickie
8 months ago

O Mary conceived without sin ,Pray for us.
Thank you once again Fada for the clarification

Tee Terver Norbert
Tee Terver Norbert
8 months ago

Oh Immaculate Mother of God, make me pure and holy in all endeavors of life. Amen.

Afubers Ngozi
Afubers Ngozi
8 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you Amen

Blessing Thompson #821
Blessing Thompson #821
8 months ago

Mother Mary please grant Ese journey mercy through Jesus christ our lord ❤♥ Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
8 months ago

Queen conceive without original son, pray for us, AMEN.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 months ago

Queen conceived without original sin, Pray for us, Amen.

Tessy Osi
Tessy Osi
8 months ago

Queen conceived with out original sin, pray for us amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
8 months ago

Amen!!!

Nwosu Christiana
Nwosu Christiana
8 months ago

Praying particularly for all women who have sadly experienced miscarriages frequently. May Our Lady who was conceived without original sin visit them, strengthen and assist them, and grant them the grace to carry their pregnancies successfully unto delivery to the greater glory of God. Amen!

Mary Mawusi
Mary Mawusi
8 months ago

Amen

Dennis Ukange
Dennis Ukange
8 months ago

God has prepared our BVM to be without sin so that she can give birth to a son who has no sin and had come to take away the sins of the whole world. Queen Conceived with sin,… Pray for me amen

Last edited 8 months ago by Dennis Ukange
Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
8 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin, Oh pray for me/us who have recourse to thee, Amen!!

Anthonia Nwidadah
Anthonia Nwidadah
8 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin…. pray for us who have recourse to thee

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
8 months ago

Oh Queen conceived without original sin pray for us Amen

christiana
christiana
8 months ago

O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee..Amen

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
8 months ago

Thank you Heavenly Father for protecting our Mother Mary from the our original sin and making her a special women among others. May your name be raised. Also give us the grace to avoid damaging sin that will keep us away from your presence always. O Mary Conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Felix Aondoakula ABUL
Felix Aondoakula ABUL
8 months ago

Our Lady Queen Conceived without Original sin, pray for us

Justina Akende
Justina Akende
8 months ago

#555 O Queen conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.Amen

Rumeh
Rumeh
8 months ago

Queen Conceived Without Sin pray for us

Nkiru Osefo - Major
Nkiru Osefo - Major
8 months ago

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

John Nwaokolo
John Nwaokolo
8 months ago

O Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee,amen

Chinedu Okoloegbo
Chinedu Okoloegbo
8 months ago

Mary conceived without sin continue to pray for us and the whole world. Amen

Elizabeth Orbanga
Elizabeth Orbanga
8 months ago

Queen conceived with out original sin, pray for us

AONDO Elizabeth
AONDO Elizabeth
8 months ago

O “Queen Conceived Without Sin” pray for us who have recourse to thee.,

Judith Eruotor
Judith Eruotor
8 months ago

O’ Mary conceived without sin pray for us who has recourse to thee.. amen

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
8 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us siñners now and at d hour of our deaths amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
8 months ago

Almighty God, You willed that the Blessed Virgin Mary be undefiled by the stain of sin right from her conception in order to be a worthy channel of grace – Mother of your beloved Son. May by invoking the “Queen Conceived without Sin,” may we continually be purified from our defilements, and come to be more configured to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Umenwanne Perpetua
Umenwanne Perpetua
8 months ago

O Queen conceive without original sin pray for us who have recourse to thee

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
8 months ago

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us! Amen!

Ezeugwu Eucharia
Ezeugwu Eucharia
8 months ago

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us. #G63 Done.

EuniceOReur verenyol
EuniceOReur verenyol
8 months ago

Oh, Queen conceived with out original sin, pray for us who have recause to thy.

Ifeoma Ugiomoh
Ifeoma Ugiomoh
8 months ago

O Mary conceived without original sin pray for us

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
8 months ago

Queen conceived without Original sin
Pray for us

Callista
Callista
8 months ago

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to there.

Philomena
Philomena
8 months ago

The Blessed Virgin Mary from the first moment of her conception, was, given the singular grace and privilege by Almigy God, to be free from all stain of orginal sin. This is in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of Mankind.
It is one of the most important titles of our Lady, very dear to me.
After having four consecutive miscarriages, a brother gave me a small card with a short prayer to our Lady of Immaculate Cnnception. I said it everyday after my rosary. Three months later, I became pregnant and had my first child

Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
8 months ago

Amen
Our mother Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death
Amen

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
8 months ago

May Our Lady Conceived without Sin intercede for us to God to be better Christians and help us to always avoid the ocassion of sin and may the good Lord bless and answer our prayers through Christ our Lord Amen and Amen.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
8 months ago

#31 Chinonso C. Onyegbule 20 Decades of Rosary said to the greater glory of God Amen.

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