October 22, 2017
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Father all powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
You allowed no stain of Adam’s sin to touch the Virgin Mary.
Full of grace she was to be a worthy mother of your Son,
your sign of favour to the Church at its beginning,
and the promise of its perfection as the bride of Christ, radiant in beauty.
Purest of virgins, she was to bring forth your Son,
the innocent Lamb who takes away our sins.
You chose her from all women
to be our advocate with you and our pattern in holiness.
In our joy we sing to your glory with all the choirs of angels, Holy, holy, holy…
[The Preface from the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
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[Silver Statue of the Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception - 
Head and hands by Giuliano Finelli and Onofrio D'Alessio (1628) - 
Body by Giacomo Colombo and Tommaso Treglia (1717) - 
Treasure of Saint Januarius Chapel in Naples]
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