Saturday, December 09, 2017

Immaculate Conception: Scriptural Support

Hoping you and yours had a blessed Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. These verses are already found in a different post on St. Louis de Montfort's Fourth Method of praying the Rosary, but here they are in a different format. "Oh pure and immaculate queen, save me, deliver me from eternal damnation" (St. John of Damascus).

Scripture Verses Supporting the Immaculate Conception selected from St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary, "On the Immaculate Conception of Mary" (New York: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888), 337-371 (

*Genesis 3:15: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

*Psalm 45:5-6: The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle. God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved: God will help it in the morning early.

*Psalm 86:1-3,5: The foundations thereof are in the holy mountains: The Lord loveth the gates of Zion above all the tabernacles of Jacob. Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God. ... And the Highest himself hath founded her.

*Psalm 92:5: ... holiness becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

*Proverbs 9:1: Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.

*Songs 2:2: As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

*Songs 4:7: Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee.

*Songs 4:12: My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

*Songs 6:9-10: One is my dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

*Wisdom 1:4: For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins.

*Luke 1:28: And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

*Hebrews 7:26: For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens...
Pay close attention to the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception from the Bull Ineffabilis Deus of Blessed Pope Pius IX (1854):

Wherefore, in humility and fasting, we unceasingly offered our private prayers as well as the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through his Son, that he would deign to direct and strengthen our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. In like manner did we implore the help of the entire heavenly host as we ardently invoked the Paraclete. Accordingly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

[Declaramus, pronuntiamus et definimus doctrinam quae tenet beatissimam Virginem Mariam in primo instanti suae conceptionis fuisse singulari Omnipotentis Dei gratia et privilegio, intuitu meritorum Christi Jesu Salvatoris humani generis, ab omni originalis culpae labe praeservatam immunem, esse a Deo revelatam, atque idcirco ab omnibus fidelibus firmiter constanterque credendam.]

Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he thinks in his heart.

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