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Novena for the Immaculate Conception

Day 3 - Mary's Perpetual Virginity

Today we will reflect on the 3rd Marian Dogma, that of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. Mary’s first recorded words in Scripture shows that she herself didn’t understand how she could be a mother, while still a virgin: “How can this be, since I have no husband.” (Lk. 1:34).  The Church’s living tradition has always professed that Mary was a virgin, “Ante partum, in partu, et post partum” = “Before birth, during birth, and after the birth of Christ”.