December 8th – Mary Immaculate: Patroness of the United States

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Hour of Grace from 12 Noon to 1 PM


1. Day and time of Hour of Grace – December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception – to be started at 12 noon and will continue until 1 PM (one full hour of prayer)

2. During this hour the person making the ‘Hour of Grace’ either at home or in the Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the telephone or answer any doors or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special Hour of Grace)

3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms. Psalm 51 can be found below.

4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other Psalms, etc.

Paslm 51[50]

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

   according to your merciful love;

   according to your abundant mercy

   blot out my transgressions.


2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

   and cleanse me from my sin!


3 For I know my transgressions,

   and my sin is ever before me.


4 Against you, you only, have I sinned,

   and done that which is evil in your sight,

   so that you are justified in your sentence

   and blameless in your judgment.


5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

   and in sin did my mother conceive me.


6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;

   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.


7 Purge me with hyssop,

   and I shall be clean; wash me,

   and I shall be whiter than snow.


8 Make me hear joy and gladness;

   let the bones which you have broken rejoice.


9 Hide your face from my sins,

   and blot out all my iniquities.


10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

     and put a new and right spirit within me.


11 Cast me not away from your presence,

     and take not your holy Spirit from me.


12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

     and uphold me with a willing spirit.


13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

     and sinners will return to you.


14 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God,

     O God of my salvation,

     and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.


15 O Lord, open my lips,

     and my mouth shall show forth your praise.


16 For you take no delight in sacrifice;

     were I to give a burnt offering,

     you would not be pleased.


17 The sacrifice acceptable to God a is a broken spirit;

     a broken and contrite heart,

     O God, you will not despise.


18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;

     rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,


19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,

     in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;

     then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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