The Immaculate Conception is a significant feast in the Catholic Church, especially in the United States where it is the patronal feast. This day, which falls in the early Advent season, is a Holy Day of Obligation, meaning Catholics are expected to attend Mass. It serves as a timely reminder to reflect on Mary’s vital role in the Christmas narrative.

The origin of this feast can be traced back to the Eastern Church in the seventh century, later spreading to the Western Church in the eighth century. By the eleventh century, it was known as the Immaculate Conception.

The doctrine was definitively articulated in 1854 by Pope Pius IX in the proclamation Ineffabilis Deus. This declaration formalized the long-standing belief that Mary was conceived without original sin. The proclamation of the Immaculate Conception as a dogma clarified that Mary’s conception was indeed free from original sin’s stain.

This unique grace granted to Mary is rooted in her being chosen as the Mother of the Savior. From the moment of her conception, she was blessed with the fruits of salvation through Christ. This extraordinary privilege, bestowed upon Mary, who was otherwise an ordinary human being, was deemed appropriate given her predestined role as the Mother of God. Mary’s immaculate purity and holiness stand as an exemplar for Christians everywhere.

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  1. I believe in this message.Please Holy Father pray that Mother Mary should intercede for me to pass my Examination that I have written with flying colour

  2. What a shame that most Christians today have forgotten their mother! As a protestant I had never even heard of the immaculate conception.
    Hail Mary full of grace!
    Luke 1

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  5. Special thanks today to Our Lady for seeing me safely through recent surgery….prayer and skilled surgeons, an excellent combination. God bless all xxxx

  6. A most beautiful celebration for THE most beautiful Lady! Attended Mass this A.M. and she has been on my mind all day. I remember back in the day when I didn’t believe in this and blasphemed against her Immaculate Conception. I have since since repented and asked her Son to forgive me. Now I love her and everything about her. Mother Mary keep me always close to your heart and to the Sacred Heart of your Son!

  7. Oh Blessed Mother Thank you for my recent recovery from a brain infection, you and The Lord were with me and watched over me, I will try to spend the rest of my life doing works in your Honor..

  8. Blessed Holy Mother, please pray for us and pray for the souls of my Mother Carmen, Father Victorino, Brother Nelson and other relatives who had passed away.


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