The Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Marian
honors the central place the Blessed Virgin Mary holds in the life of our Order and the historic devotion that has been afforded to the Immaculate Conception by the Church in North America.
This is the 16th prayer program of the Knights of Columbus to use a sacred image as its centerpiece. The inauguration ceremony of the Immaculate Conception Marian Prayer Program was conducted Aug. 7, 2013, during the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was presided over by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, the premier See of the United States, with remarks by Québec Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Primate of Canada.
At the ceremony State deputies from throughout the Order processed with a framed reproduction of the painting. The images were blessed by
Pope Francis on June 29, 2013, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, through auspices of the Almoner of His Holiness, Archbishop Guido Pozzo. Under the guidance of the state deputies, these framed images will be brought on a pilgrimage from council to council throughout each jurisdiction as part of the Orderwide prayer program.
Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 is privileged to host one of these framed icons for two Thursdays this month. On December 5th and 12th these paintings will be on display all day in St. John’s day chapel. A special prayer service will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus at 7 PM on December 12th. All parishioners are invited to attend this special prayer service.
The first cathedral in the New World north of Mexico was named for the Immaculate Conception, and the bishops of the United States named Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception as the patroness of the nation.
The image used for this prayer program is a reproduction of a painting of Mary as the Immaculate Conception that hangs above the main altar of the Basilica-Cathedral of Notre- Dame de Québec. It was painted in 1925 by Sister Mary of the Eucharist, a Sister of Charity of Québec, to replace the 18th-century painting destroyed during a fire at the cathedral in 1922.
A jubilee year will run from Dec. 8, 2013, to Dec. 28, 2014, to mark the cathedral’s historic status as the first parish and first cathedral of Canada, and its role as the mother church to all parishes in Canada and the United States. A newly constructed Holy Door, made possible by a gift from the Knights of Columbus, will be open for pilgrims to enter during the jubilee celebrations.
Thanks to our field agent Larry Szmurlo and the Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council we are able to participate in the Immaculate Conception Marian Prayer Program. December is the month of Mary so this is a fitting time for us to have this opportunity. We hope that all members will take advantage of the prayer program for some special devotion to Mary.
Click (here) to download the Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program Booklet (PDF)