Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Masses
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Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m.
This solemnity celebrates the expression that Mary was conceived without original sin. The conviction that Jesus was born of a virgin is a distinct belief, even though many Catholics erroneously think that the Immaculate Conception refers to Jesus. This belief is not expressly contained in scriptures, but it enjoys a widespread following in the Church’s tradition. Although the Immaculate Conception has been affirmed since the earliest centuries of Christianity, it was not formally proclaimed as a dogma until 1854. December 8 is now a holy day of obligation in the United States, which is placed under Mary’s patronage with the title of Immaculate Conception.
—Adapted from Paul Turner ©2003 Resource Publications, Inc.