Feast of Immaculate Conception Celebrated on Dec. 8

Immaculate Conception

This Saturday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching and it is a holy day of obligation. There is a popular idea that it refers to Jesus's conception by the Virgin Mary, but that's not actually correct.

Instead, it honors the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived. Mary was "full of grace" through God, and was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854. "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."

Enjoy this tribute to Our Lady, The Virgin Mary, who is the Patron Saint of the United States.

December 7, 2018 - 11:02am
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