The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity, is the patronal feast of the United States. It is one of the few Holy days of obligation on the Church calendar — that is, all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on this day. As this feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.

A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the eleventh century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX’s solemn declaration, Ineffabilis Deus, clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. In proclaiming the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church, the pope expressed precisely and clearly that Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin.

This privilege of Mary derives from God’s having chosen her as Mother of the Savior; thus she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. This great gift to Mary, an ordinary human being just like us, was fitting because she was destined to be Mother of God. The purity and holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christians.

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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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