today (now yesterday) december the 8th was the feast of the immaculate conception…………….(not the virginal one)
el greco could not get enough of a good conception.
i’m an aetheist, so will not say how ridiculous i find this, because, it means something to somebody.
We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful.
—Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854