Father, you prepared the virgin Mary
to be the worthy mother of your son.
You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death,
and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception.
Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer to the Immaculate Conception (3)
Gospel of the Day
First Reading:: Sir 4:12-19
Gospel:: Mk 9:38-40
Saint of the Day