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These pages are a series of art images which celebrate a sense of conception—a sacred aspect of God, something which we can say reflects the unique sense of inspiration, new growth, joy, life, the sense of rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation, rejoicing— Some of the artwork was used in the “praising Mary with a Litany of Ms children’s book, but it can speak for itself here in these pages


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2

The same was in the beginning with God. 3

All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. 4

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5

And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John, Chapter 1, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. (Isaiah, Chapter 7, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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While they were there, the time came

for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.� Luke 2:6-7


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And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27

To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. 30

And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. (Luke,

Chapter 1, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Mathew, Chapter 18, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. 26

When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. 27

After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own. (John, Chapter 19 Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32

Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you; Moses gave you not bread from heaven, but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33

For the bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world. (John, Chapter 6, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord, and my horn is exalted in my God: my mouth is enlarged over my enemies: because I have rejoiced in Thy salvation. (1 Samuel, Chapter 1, Duay Rheims Bible Translation)


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The Creation, Christ entering the world, saying Yes to God's Will, becoming a child in God's family, finding Mary as Mother, Christ as our b...

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