The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the faith stating that Mary was conceived sinless in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, and Mary remained without sin throughout her entire life. In this lesson we will study the Immaculate Conception as well as the devotions for the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, which is traditionally a day of fasting and partial abstinence from meat.Preview This Lesson
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INTROIT Eccli. 15:5 In the gathering of the Church the Lord opened his mouth and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. 91:2. It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing to Your name, O Most High. V. Glory be …
The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
December 7th, besides being the feastday of St. Ambrose, is the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception. And, consequently, today is traditionally a day of fasting and partial abstinence from meat.
The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the faith stating that Mary was conceived sinless in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, and Mary remained without sin throughout her entire life.
The Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception Reviewed and Explained in Light of Sacred Scripture
As we look at the Hail Mary we see part of the Archangel Gabriel’s address in the exclamation: “full of grace.” Grace is defined as a supernatural gift from God’s infinite goodness given by God to His sinful people for their eternal salvation. Mary is addressed as “full of grace” which shows that she must be in complete favor of God to have earned the fullness of God’s grace. This particular instance is a special one, in which God chose Mary to be conceived sinless to make her a house for God to dwell within.
Both Jesus and Mary are perfect although for different reasons; Jesus is God and therefore is without sin and therefore must be perfect. This is shown through Magisterium teachings, scripture, and definition. Sin, which is defined as “distancing oneself from God,” cannot have any part in God because it is impossible for God to be distancing Himself from Himself. Mary, though, is perfect, but she was made perfect and preserved from sin by Her Son, who is eternal and preserved her before He became flesh.
The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which was not defined until 1854, stated that "The most holy Virgin Mary was, in the first moment of her conception, by a unique gift of grace and privilege of almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of mankind, preserved free from all stain of original sin."
It is true that the early Christian fathers did not teach the Immaculate Conception, but many saints professed this belief; the writings of some early Christian saints were some of the earliest writings alluding to the Immaculate Conception and helped to create the future Dogma of the ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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