Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means you are obligated to attend Holy Mass. We in the United States are under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her mother’s (Saint Ann) womb. It is called the Immaculate Conception because even though she was conceived through biological means (i.e. sex), her soul was free from original sin through the grace of God.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was widely believed for many years before Pope Pius IX’s papal bull Ineffabilis Deus made it dogma in 1854. Some people erroneously confuse the Immaculate Conception of Mary with the Incarnation of her Son, Jesus. The Church celebrates the Incarnation of Jesus Christ or the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 (nine months before December 25, Christmas Day).
Here is a YouTube video of the beautiful Marian hymn, “Immaculate Mary”.
Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia
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