Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Happy Birthday, Mary! edition)

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These beauties were to be found the other day at the entrance of a log cabin way up in the farthest backsides of the back-ridges belonging to one of my Communion Calls. He’s 97 years old, very devout. I’m sure he would be happy to see his flowers being given to our Blessed Mother.

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4 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Happy Birthday, Mary! edition)

  1. Father George David Byers

    Only those without sin, Jesus and Mary, but also John sanctified in the womb.

  2. sanfelipe007

    Happy birthday, Mary! The Church doesn’t celebrate just anyone’s birthday, you know!

  3. pelerin

    I wonder why this Feast is not more celebrated today. I’m ashamed to say I completely overlooked it until it was too late. According to the Catholic Herald the day used to be a public holiday in Britain which (correct me if I am wrong) surely means that it once was a Holy Day of Obligation.

  4. sanfelipe007

    First, let me confess that I know nothing – there, I feel better.
    There are prolly pastoral reasons for not making this celebration a HDO, Pelerin. Father, are there theological reasons for Mary’s nativity to not be a HDO?
    I understand that the number of HDO concerning the BVM depends on the country, of course. So the type and number of HDO in your country may be different.
    All Sundays are, of course, HDO. but excluding those “ordinary’ days, in the U.S. in 2017, we have two extraordinary HDO for Jesus (Ascension of the Lord, May 25 and Christmas Dec 25) on one hand, and two (Assumption of the BVM Aug 15, and Immaculate Conception of BVM Dec 8) For Mary.
    I have no idea who or how HDO are decided and established, but maybe someone does not want there to be more HDO for Mary than for Jesus.
    What can you tell us, Father?

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