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Let us pray,

[on this feast of Mary,
who experienced the perfection
of God’s saving power.]

Father,
the image of the Virgin
is found in the Church.

Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared

and a love that never knew sin,
for you kept her sinless

from the moment of her conception.

Trace in our actions

the lines of her love,

in our hearts her readiness of faith.

Prepare once again a world for your Son

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit

one God forever and ever.

— Alternate Opening Prayer, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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