Immaculate Conception History
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the primarily Roman Catholic doctrine that the Virgin Mary was born without sin. It is held on December 8.
Most Christians think of the Immaculate Conception as the union between Mary and the Holy Spirit that produced Jesus. But in keeping with the Roman Catholic doctrine that Mary lived a life without sin, her conception was immaculate, or without sin.
Immaculate Conception Facts & Quotes
- God gave Mary a pure soul incapable of sinning when she was received. It prepared her to be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. This teaching does not appear in Scripture. It was decreed by Pope Pious IX on December 8, 1854.
- Our Holy Lady Immaculately Conceived is the patroness for the United States - as decreed by Pope Pius IX in 1854.
- Our Mother Mary is full of beauty because she is full of grace. - Pope Francis via twitter on Dec 30, 2013.
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, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. - Catechism of the Catholic Church
Immaculate Conception Top Events and Things to Do
- Go to Mass. It is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholic in the United States.
- Study the Immaculate Conception in art. One famous painting, The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception
was completed by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo in the 17th century. It hangs in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Watch the movie, Mary of Nazareth (2013)