In Christian theologythe Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception, keeping her "immaculate". The Immaculate Conception is commonly confused with the virgin birth of Jesusthe latter being, rather, the doctrine of the Incarnation.
Jump to navigation. Our 5-year-old grandson, Clement, is in pre-K at his neighborhood Catholic school, which, apparently, qualifies him to explain Christian belief to his 2-year-old sister, Ruthie. And the Spirit's the best one cause it's holy.
I also pointed out 2 how Marian teachings are a reflex of Christology; we Catholics believe what we do about Mary because of what we believe about Jesus. Claiming the Immaculate Conception is necessary so my interlocutors assert involves a necessary infinite regress, that St. Neither follows. We will find that Mary needed to be sinless from conception, not a moment after, and that no one in her line needed to be sinless before her.
Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December,Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by Godin view of the merits of Jesus Christthe Saviour of the human racewas preserved exempt from all stain of original sin. Her body was formed in the womb of the motherand the father had the usual share in its formation.
This Saturday, December 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and it is a holy day of obligation. This conception was not virginal.
Especially after Mary had been solemnly declared to be the mother of God at the Council of Ephesus inmost theologians doubted that one who had been so close to God could have actually experienced sinful acts. The discussion was clouded by medieval views of the biological aspects of conception and by a concern that the belief in the universal redemption effected by Jesus should not be threatened. The latter concern particularly associated with St.
Readings for Today. May it be done to me according to your word. Happy Solemnity! This is a day to celebrate!
History of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. During its first centuries, the Church's attention to Mary focused on her virginity and maternity. These particular aspects were highlighted as the Church struggled to articulate its belief on the natures and person of Jesus more clearly and definitively in response to the erroneous teachings about Him, put forth by the Docetists and other Gnostics, the Arians, and the Nestorians.
The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity celebrated on December 8, is the patronal feast of the United States. 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.