O God, who by the Immaculate Conception 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, 
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, 
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You. 
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
God, world without end. 


photo: A vintage postcard of the altar of the Immaculate Conception in St Peter’s basilica, Vatican City.

Mary in glory is surrounded by angels and St Francis of Assisi, St Anthony of Padua and St John Chrysostom.

The image was crowned with a golden diadem by pope Pius IX on December 8 1854, the day on which he promulgated the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In 1904 a crown of diamonds was added, donated by an international committee of ladies.

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