Feast Of The Immaculate Conception Of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary


In the Roman Catholic church, December 8 is celebrated as the Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary. This Concept expresses the belief that Virgin Mary was free from original sin and filled with sanctifying grace.

People around the globe celebrate this day by novenas and nocturnal vigils. “Tota pulchra es” is one of the most common prayers:

You are all beautiful, Mary.

and the original stain [of sin] is not in you.

Your clothing is white as snow, and your face is like the sun.

You are all beautiful, Mary.

and the original stain [of sin] is not in you.

You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you give honor to our people.

You are all beautiful, Mary.

He tradition of having a Feast day to celebrate the Immaculate Conception was widespread in Eastern Orthodox and Roman churches since the 7th century.

Nowadays, the Feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8, as it is considered a Holy Day of Obligation too.

Finally, the Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted in various paintings around the world. Usually, a young woman, representing the spirit of Mary, is shown in a heavenly realm bowing her head to God, with the moon beneath her feet and a halo of 12 stars surrounding her head.

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