The Immaculate Conception

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02, December, 2019Posted by :Yuresha Perumal(0)Comments

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception teaches that Mary, the mother of Christ, was conceived without sin and her conception was thus immaculate. Mary’s sinless conception is the reason why we, Catholics, refer to Mary as “full of grace”.

The defined dogma of the Immaculate Conception states:

We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, exactly nine months before celebrating the Nativity (Birth) of Mary on September 8.

Many people confuse the Immaculate Conception with the virgin birth of Jesus, the latter being, rather, the doctrine of the Incarnation. They are not the same thing. The feast of the Annunciation (which commemorates the virginal conception and the Incarnation of Jesus) is celebrated on March 25, nine months before Christmas Day.

Pope Francis Prayer

O Mary, our Immaculate Mother,
On your feast day I come to you, And I come not alone…

I bring to you, Mother, children… families… all workers, both men and women…

We are in need of your immaculate gaze… your immaculate hands… your immaculate feet…

We are in need of your Immaculate Heart, to love freely… seeking the good of the other…

We thank you, O Mother… You free us of all stain of sin…

Let us not give in to discouragement, But, trusting in your constant help,
Let us engage ourselves fully in renewal of self, of our country and of the entire world.
Pray for us, Holy Mother of God!

Pic – by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1767-1769, in the Museo del Prado, Spain

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