Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception

Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception

Since the Church traditionally devotes December to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this is an ideal time to mention the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception.  This devotion was composed by St. John Berchmanns, SJ (1599 AD - 1621 AD), and was recited by him daily to obtain the grace to overcome all temptations against purity.   The chaplet is said upon a set of beads (like the one pictured above), containing three groups of four beads each.  The groups are separated by a large bead, and a medal of the Immaculate Conception is attached to the end.  To say this chaplet, make the sign of the Cross, then on the first large bead say "Blessed by the Holy and Immaculate Conception of Mary," and then say one Our Father.  Say one Hail Mary on each of the four smaller beads.  After the last of these say one Glory Be.  Repeat for the remaining two sets of beads.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us.

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