Friday, December 08, 2006Immaculate Conception
Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception! This feast day often gets confused with the Annunciation. The term, Immaculate Conception refers not to Mary's conception of Christ but to the conception of Mary within St. Anne's womb. The conception was Immaculate because Mary was conceived without sin:
"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." — Catechism of the Catholic Church
The link above will take you to Catholic Culture's site where you can find recipes, prayers, and readings for this feast. Remember, this is a Holy Day of Obligation!