The parents of the Blessed Virgin were Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. For a long time they were without children.
At last God answered their prayers and granted them a daughter. They gave her the name Mary, which means Lady, or Star of the Sea.
Mary's soul was always in the grace and friendship of God. She is the Immaculate Conception because she never had original sin, the first sin committed by Adam and Eve, which all of us have when we come into this world.
Mary was chosen by God from all eternity to give us a Savior. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception brings to our minds the holiness of the Mother God has prepared from and for Himself.
Thou art all fair, O Mary,
There is no spot in thee.
Thou art the Mother of Wisdom,
The spouse of Infinity.
O morning star of Jacob,
O boast of Israel's pride,
Through thee came the gift from Heaven
For which the hills long sighed.
Thou art all bright, O Mary,
The moon serene and sweet
That mirrors the Face of Justice
To the world beneath thy feet.
O Woman clothed with sunlight,
O Virgin crowned with stars,
Through thee God opened Heaven,
Released earth's sin-chained bars.
Thou art all pure, O Mary,
White wings thy thoughts enfold;
Thy breast is an ivory altar,
Thy heart a house of gold.
No thing defiled can enter
Thy sanctuary wall,
For thou dost shrine in thy sweet flesh
Our God, our life, our all.
Receive, O Most Sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us that, one day, happy with you, we may sing with Luciano the song we cherish true.