the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
by The Marian Library/Internation | Source: Catholic.net
UD’s campus is dedicated in a special way to the Immaculate Conception. In 1868, the construction of the chapel, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. was begun and completed on 1869.
For the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma the statue of the Immaculate Conception was erected. COLLEGE NEWS of December 1904 relates:
A year has not yet elapsed since the pupils of St. Mary’s conceived the grand idea of thus honoring the great Mother of God. No sooner was the project made known when the students of St. Mary’s and its friends began strenuous efforts for its completion. On March 1, contributions began to pour in from all quarters. The enthusiasm spread and by June 20, over $ 2,500 had been collected. The advent of vacation did not stop the work. September 5, the reopening of the school found the sum total of $ 3,000 in the treasury. ...
The ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone took place Friday, November 4.
The ceremony Friday morning was the beginning of a series of events which will mark the dedication of this great monument erected by the students of St. Mary’s. The program included a procession of the students from the chapel to the place where the monument is to be erected. All the students carried American flags and the various class colors of the Institute. The documents which were placed in the stone included besides a history of the monument association and the names of the promoters and members, copies of the daily papers, coins of the present time, and everything pertaining to the present time and history of the Institute and the monument. …
The first edition of 3,000 souvenir cards was disposed of in forty-eight hours. This shows the spirit of the students as well as the popularity of the enterprise. … His Holiness, Pope Pius X, has deigned to give a formal testimony of his satisfaction and approval by sending his special blessing to all those who contribute in any way towards the erection of this monument.
All-hail, O Virgin Mary, hail! The Lord abides with thee;
Thou spotless Lily of the vale, Sweet Queen of purity.
Oh lead us with thy holy ray unto our heavenly goal;
And when the strife is o’er, we pray, Receive each faithful soul! (Jubilee Hymn, vs 1 and 4)
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