Immaculate Conception

For our family, we are going to a church dedicated to our Lady, then a fabulous brunch afterwards. By all means, enjoy the company of the heavenly court.

“ But perhaps you’re somewhere far from friends and family — or perhaps they would be unsympathetic to your Catholic joie de vivre. If so, permit me to make a suggestion: pour yourself a glass of wine; locate a bowl of nuts, a slice of French cheese, or a dish of olives; and settle back in an armchair to listen to Josquin des Prez’s Ave Maria. You may be alone, but you’re celebrating in the best of company: Our Lady’s, along with the angels in Heaven and the whole communion of saints, living and dead.”