Definitions for immaculate conception
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the doctrine according to which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin.
the feast commemorating this, celebrated on December 8.
Origin of Immaculate Conception:
Immaculate Conception, December 8(noun)
Roman Catholic holy day first celebrated in 1854
Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary(noun)
(Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived
The doctrine, in the Roman Catholic Church, that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin
December 8th (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church maintaining that from the moment when she was conceived in the womb, the Blessed Virgin Mary was kept free of original sin and was filled with the sanctifying grace normally conferred during baptism. It is one of the four dogmas in Roman Catholic Mariology. Mary is often called the Immaculata, particularly in artistic and cultural contexts. The Immaculate Conception should not be confused with the perpetual virginity of Mary or the virgin birth of Jesus; it refers to the conception of Mary by her mother, Saint Anne. Although the belief was widely held since at least Late Antiquity, the doctrine was not dogmatically defined until December 8, 1854, by Pope Pius IX in his papal bull Ineffabilis Deus. It is not formal doctrine except in the Roman Catholic Church. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed on December 8 in many Catholic countries as a holy day of obligation or patronal feast, and in some as a national public holiday.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the doctrine held by the Roman Catholic Church that the Virgin Mary was conceived and born without taint of sin; first distinctly propounded in the 12th century, at which time a festival was introduced in celebration of it, and which became matter of dispute in the 14th century, and it was only in 1854 that it became by a bull an article of the Catholic faith.
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