Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, El triunfo de la Inmaculada
We have prepared for this solemnity praying, for twelve days, the “Crown of twelve stars.” It is a chaplet—so named after the crown with which in the book of Revelation the woman clothed with the sun was crowned—whereby we consider the twelve main privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What is a privilege? The dictionary defines it as “a special right or advantage that a particular person or group of people has.” Among human beings, Mary is undoubtedly the most privileged person. Why? Because she had been chosen by God to become the mother of his Son. Therefore, he filled her with a lot of graces, so that she could worthily accomplish the mission she had received.