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Immaculate Conception

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noun Roman Catholic Church.
the dogma of the unique privilege by which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ.Compare virgin birth (def. 1).
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Origin of Immaculate Conception

First recorded in 1680–90

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WHAT IS THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION?

What is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic feast day celebrating the conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It’s also called Immaculate Conception Day or the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

The term Immaculate Conception refers to the belief that Mary was conceived without original sin. It does not refer to what is commonly called the virgin birth—the belief that Mary miraculously conceived Jesus while she was a virgin.

The feast is typically observed with a special Mass.

When is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed on December 8.

More information and context on Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The official observance of December 8 as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception began in 1854 with a declaration by Pope Pius IX. However, it has been observed by some Christians since at least the 600s. In Christian tradition, Mary’s mother is known as Saint Anne.

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How is Feast of the Immaculate Conception discussed in real life?

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed by Catholics. The Immaculate Conception is commonly confused with the conception of Jesus.

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the conception of Mary without original sin.

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British Dictionary definitions for Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception

noun
Christian theol RC Church the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin
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Cultural definitions for Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception

A doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. It states that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from original sin (see also original sin).

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