Today's Feast (December 8): Conception of the BVM

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Conception of the BVM

This being the season of Advent, it is most appropriate that the Church sets aside a day to celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary - highly blessed because of her willingness to bear the Christ child, the Son of God.

This feast day has been celebrated in the East since the 8th century and in the West since the 9th century. Although the Roman Catholic Church holds that Mary was born without sin, Orthodox belief, both East and West, does not embrace this doctrine.

The universal Church, however, most assuredly deems her to be both holy and good, as God selected her among all women to give birth to the Incarnate Word.

"Hail thou that are highly favoured: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" (St. Luke 1:28). (The day's gospel, page E 11, The People's Anglican Missal)

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