On Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This joyful occasion is a time for us to contemplate the mystery of Mary the mother of Jesus who possesses the “splendour of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception”…she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son”. CCC 492
It is fitting that we should come to Mass to honour the Mother of God and to ask for her prayers for our special and most urgent needs. The Immaculate Conception is not a holy day of obligation in England but an opportunity to do something extra to show our love for Mary our Immaculate mother and for her divine Son Jesus.