Immaculate Conception is the belief that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception. However, this belief was debated by medieval theologians. According to them, such an idea was not part of Catholic teaching until 1854. It was not only the medieval theologians who debated such beliefs. Protestants also rejected the doctrine citing it as un-scriptural. However, the Anglicans accept it as a pious devotion. In the post below, we will look at some of the facts you didn’t know about Immaculate Conception.
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Facts About Immaculate Conception
The following are some of the beliefs about the Immaculate Conception. Check a few below.
Does this mean Mary didn’t need Jesus to die on the Cross for her?
The Catechism states that Mary was served for her purpose of conceiving the saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.
The “splendour of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son”. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”.
From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. “Full of grace”, Mary is “the most excellent fruit of redemption” (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.
Is Mary The New Eve?
Adam and Eve were both created without the original sin. However, they fell from grace whiles in the garden of Eden. Mary and Jesus likewise were conceived immaculate and remained faithful until their death. This is what the Catechism says:
494 . . . As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert. . .: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.” Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.”
How do we celebrate the Immaculate Conception?
Immaculate is seen as a holy day of obligation in some countries around the world. It is celebrated on 8th December each year.