Two Eves figure in the history of mankind.
The first was called Eve by God himself when he made his first daughter.
The second was called Ave, Maria, when God’s messenger told her how deeply beloved she was by God and God’s Son.
The first Eve, born sinless, brought sin to the world by the fact that she was the accomplice of Adam , whom she misled.
The second Eve, our beloved Ave, Maria, brought sinlessness back to the world through the New Adam, Christ the Lord, to whom she gave birth.
The first Eve brought sorrow and misery, sickness and death to the world and from her the children of Earth were to live in sorrow and pain.
The second Eve, Mary, brought hope and joy; light and confidence, redemption and heaven in the Person of her Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
To Mary Immaculate we pray:
The Prayer of the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
(Copyright 1947 Daniel A. Lord, S.J. Nihil Obstat: John M. Fearns, S.T.D. Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop, New York)
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John M. DeJak is an attorney and Latin teacher and works in academic administration. He writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan.