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  Immaculate Conception
The feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed on Dec. 8.
The Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic dogma holding that from the first instant of its creation, the soul of the Virgin Mary was free from original sin; this doctrine is not to be confused with that of the Virgin Birth, which holds that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin mother.
Immaculate Conception is the idea that the Mother of God did not have original sin at her conception nor did she acquire elements of original sin in the development of her life, whereas all other human beings have original sin from their conception due to the fall of Adam.
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 Immaculate Conception - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic dogma that asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved by God from the stain of original sin at the time of her own conception.
The Immaculate Conception was solemnly defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus, published December 8, 1854 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), and consecrated by Pope Pius XII in 1942.
The phrase "Immaculate Conception," by Catholic interpretation, is not directly connected to the concept of the "Virgin Birth." The Catholic Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception on 8 December, exactly nine months before the official birthday of Mary.
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 Immaculate Conception, Atlanta
On Wednesday, December 10,1873, the Church of the Immaculate Conception was formally dedicated by Bishop William Gross of Savannah.
Immaculate Conception parishioners in the west end of Atlanta found it increasingly difficult, transportation-wise, to reach the church.
As the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception prepared to celebrate the centenary of its historic church building, the parishioners and all the people of Atlanta owe Father Murray a debt of gratitude for his appreciation of the meaning of the Shrine and his great efforts for its present restoration and rededication.
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 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Holidays (Immaculate Conception)
The term "Immaculate Conception" refers to the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary.
"Immaculate Conception" refers to neither the conception of Jesus nor to a virgin birth.
It is a specific doctrine of Roman Catholicism decreeing that the Virgin Mary was preserved free from original sin by divine grace from the moment of her conception.
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 Immaculate Conception   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic doctrine which asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved by God from the stain of original sin at the time of her own conception.
The Immaculate Conception was solemnly defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus, published December 8, 1854 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception).
Aside from the acceptability of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, and its necessity or lack thereof, is the History of its development within the Roman Catholic Church.
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 What is the immaculate conception?
The immaculate conception is a doctrine of the Romans Catholic Church in regards to Mary, Jesus’ mother.
The problem with the doctrine of the immaculate conception is that it is not taught in the Bible.
That is the Biblical concept of the virgin birth.
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 Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year : December 08, 2004 : Immaculate Conception
The Blessed Virgin's perfect redemption which, from the moment of her conception, preserved her from original sin cannot, therefore, be dissociated from our redemption by Christ; and so, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, coming in the course of Advent, heralds the splendours of the Incarnation of the Redeemer.
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception lends itself to fruitful meditation and should be taught to children.
Mary as the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States.
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 Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year : December (Month of the Immaculate Conception)
The attitude adopted by the Roman Pontiffs during the many years of controversy about the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, to which was intimately linked, in the West, the very existence of the feast itself, may best be described as that of tolerance first, of assent next, and finally of approbation.
In 1693, Innocent XII proclaimed that the octave of the feast of Mary's Conception be universally celebrated, elevating it at the same time to the rank of double of second class.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is profoundly influential among the faithful, is an occasion for many displays of popular piety and especially for the novena of the Immaculate conception.
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 Immaculate Conception Dogma
From the fact that St. Anne's conception is called 'holy,' we are not entitled to conclude to the existence of the idea of the Immaculate Conception in the later Western sense.
A parallel is thus implied between the virginal conception of Jesus and the immaculate conception of Mary.
Instead of putting the dogma of Immaculate Conception in the negative form by stating that Mary was preserved from the stain of original sin, we may put it in an affirmative way and say she was preserved in a right relatedness to God.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Immaculate Conception
The conception of the Mother of God was beyond all comparison more noble than that of St.
Passaglia in his "De Immaculato Deiparae Conceptu," basing his opinion upon the "Typicon" of St. Sabas: which was substantially composed in the fifth century, believes that the reference to the feast forms part of the authentic original, and that consequently it was celebrated in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the fifth century (III, n.
As the public acknowledgment of the feast of Sixtus IV did not prove sufficient to appease the conflict, he published in 1483 a constitution in which he punished with excommunication all those of either opinion who charged the opposite opinion with heresy (Grave nimis, 4 Sept., 1483; Denzinger, 735).
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 Immaculate Conception Church, Salem, Mass.
On Friday, September 8, 2006, Sean Cardinal O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, celebrated Mass with Immaculate Conception Parish for the feast of the Birth of Mary.
Immaculate Conception is the only parish, aside from the cathedral-parish in Boston, to have had every bishop, right back to Bishop John Cheverus in 1821, celebrate Mass here.
Immaculate Conception Church is the oldest Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Boston after the cathedral parish, the first church dedicated to Mary in New England, and near the site of the first Catholic Mass ever held in Salem.
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 The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
This veneration for the Immaculate Conception, this pious view held by the whole Catholic Church was not yet a matter of faith, that is, the Catholic Church had not yet laid down this great privilege of the Mother of God as a dogma.
Jesus chose a pure and immaculate virgin for His mother, who should be the mirror of all virginal souls, her most pure and immaculate image should be continually presented to the corrupted world to show how virginity is esteemed in the eyes of our Lord.
Mary was free by the privilege of the Immaculate Conception from all sin; her soul, pure and adorned with sanctifying grace, came forth from the hands of the Creator, and without the least prejudice to its purity and sanctity was united to her most pure body, from which the Saviour was to take His humanity.
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 The Immaculate Conception of Mary
The Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the belief that God preserved Mary from any inclination to sin, the inheritance of original sin passed on to all mankind from our first parents, Adam and Eve.
The basis for the belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary can be found in the Biblical revelation of holiness and the opposite of that state, sinfulness.
Nonbelievers and enemies of Roman Catholic Christianity often accuse the Church of creating the belief in Mary's freedom from original sin "the Immaculate Conception" in 1854 (as the Church named the belief of Mary's immediate entry, body and soul, into Heaven, "the Assumption" in 1950) when the truths were defined.
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The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, "preserved free from all stain of original sin".
The Immaculate Conception, then, was a preemptive strike against sin, the full spiritual benefits of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary having been communicated to Mary in anticipation of the Incarnation.
And the Assumption was God's way of finishing the job he started at Mary's Immaculate Conception, redeeming her body from the effects of sin as well.
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 Immaculate Conception and Assumption
Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was officially defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854.
Since the Immaculate Conception and Assumption are not explicit in Scripture, Fundamentalists conclude that the doctrines are false.
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 Mary's Immaculate Conception
In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin.
This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.
Finally, it was not generally seen at this time how an Immaculate conception of Mary would not take away from the universality of redemption through Christ.
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 The Immaculate Conception
In 1854, when Pope Pius IX took the bold step of raising belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the status of a formal doctrine in the Church, it was sure to spark controversy.
The Immaculate Conception was a teaching with which even the prince of theologians, St.
If the term "conception" needs to be re-examined in the ongoing theological dialogue of the various Christian communions, so does the term "immaculate." So often "immaculate" is expressed in terms of being without sin, thus focusing on avoidance of the negative.
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 Ineffabilis Deus - The Immaculate Conception - Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on 8 December 1854
They denounced as false and absolutely foreign to the mind of the Church the opinion of those who held and affirmed that it was not the conception of the Virgin but her sanctification that was honored by the Church.
In fact, they held it was their duty not only to uphold and defend with all their power the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin but also to assert that the true object of this veneration was her conception considered in its first instant.
All are aware with how much diligence this doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God has been handed down, proposed and defended by the most outstanding religious orders, by the more celebrated theological academies, and by very eminent doctors in the sciences of theology.
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 MARIOLOGY - The Immaculate Conception - by Wade L. J. Menezes, C.P.M. - November/December 2000 - Catholic Faith
Our Lady’s identification of herself as “the” Immaculate Conception is something which goes beyond mere title: it is, rather, a state of being, referring to the very substance of a thing’s existence, a permanent state.
Many will say that the Immaculate Conception refers to the virginal conception of Christ in Mary’s womb, or that it concerns the fact that Mary herself was not conceived in a natural human manner, with natural parents.
The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception did not evolve from the Lourdes apparitions; rather, St. Bernadette’s visions were a confirmation of something the Church had already held for centuries.
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 The Immaculate Conception
On December 8, 1854 Venerable Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of faith in the bull Ineffabilis Deus.
In other words, the remarkable grace of the Immaculate Conception was accorded to the Virgin Mary in view of the redemption that Christ was to effect for the human race.
Two authentic private revelations in 19th century France aided in the spread of popular devotion to the Immaculate Conception: The Holy Virgin's gift of the Miraculous Medal (originally known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception) to St. Catherine Laboure and the apparition of the Immaculate.
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 The Immaculate Conception
By the seventh century, the Byzantine East was celebrating the feast of the Conception of Saint Anne.
Even some Catholic empires proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as a dogma to be held by all their faithful subjects.
The Immaculate Conception also came to be reverenced in Orthodox countries, especially during the height of the Baroque period in the Kyivan Church and also by Greeks, as Father John Meyendorff has shown.
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 Immaculate Conception
If the Immaculate Conception fails to communicate joy, our concept or understanding of this privilege of love is in serious trouble.
We may rejoice because through sinlessness and sanctity the Immaculate Conception becomes our Hodegos, which means that she is our way to perfection, just as she herself had to go the way of Christ's perfecting love, all the way to the Cross and from there to the ever present, yet invisible, core of the Church.
It would seem that Mary in her Immaculate Conception again is the right answer to this quest.
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 The Immaculate Conception   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was not taught in the first centuries of the Christian church.
Christ alone is immaculate from conception, and therefore qualified to die in the place of sinners.
The image of Immaculate crushing the serpent's head is taken from a incorrect translation of Genesis 3:15 based on the Latin Vulgate: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel" (Douay-Rheims Bible).
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 immaculate conception
Perhaps one reason why the discussion over the Immaculate Conception was prolonged is because the early Church was outlawed and under persecution until the year 313, and then had to address various problems surrounding Jesus Himself.
More reflection about Mary and her role occurred after the Council of Ephesus (431) solemnly affirmed Mary's divine motherhood and gave her the title, "Mother of God" in that she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and bore Jesus who is second person of the Holy Trinity, one in being with the Father.
In a homily on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception delivered in 1982, Pope John Paul II wrote, "Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who filled you, Virgin of Nazareth, with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
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