Get Thee To Church
Monday, December 08, 2008
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

It's a non-transferrable Holy Day of Obligation, so go to Church!

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patron Saint of the U.S. Take a tour of the National Cathedral - the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

You can read the original 1854 declaration, Ineffablis Deus (Ineffable God) here.
And indeed it was wholly fitting that so wonderful a mother should be ever resplendent with the glory of most sublime holiness and so completely free from all taint of original sin that she would triumph utterly over the ancient serpent. To her did the Father will to give his only-begotten Son -- the Son whom, equal to the Father and begotten by him, the Father loves from his heart -- and to give this Son in such a way that he would be the one and the same common Son of God the Father and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was she whom the Son himself chose to make his Mother and it was from her that the Holy Spirit willed and brought it about that he should be conceived and born from whom he himself proceeds.[1]

You can read more on the Scriptural basis for Catholic Marian beliefs here.

You can see the Mass readings for today here.

And find a kid-friendly explanation, here.

Art: The Immaculate Conception, by Peter Rubens, 1627 courtesy

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