American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church The doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from all stain of original sin.
- n. December 8, on which the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated.
- n. The doctrine, in the Roman Catholic Church, that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin
- n. December 8th (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (R. C. Ch.) the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin.
- n. (Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived
- n. Roman Catholic holy day first celebrated in 1854
“The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located there, as is Regiopolis College, also two schools for girls, with an attendance of 314, a school for boys, with 250 pupils, a mother-house of the Sisters of Charity of Providence, with 140 sisters, which cares for 300 old and infirm, as well as an annexed orphanage.”
“He decreed that the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December be henceforth observed in his dioceses "in the same manner as Sundays and other prescribed holy days", and in spite of the nuncio's protestation, he strove to maintain the peculiarly Viennese custom whereby Holy Communion was distributed on Good Friday.”
“The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is a major devotional theme, and refers to the dogma that “the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first instance of her conception, was preserved from all stain of Original Sin.””
“Immaculate Conception parish in Baltimore was founded by the Rev. Mark Anthony in 1850.”
“In 1387 he preached before Pope Clement VII of Avignon with a view to calling forth the condemnation of Jean de Monteson, a Dominican, who had denied the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, and shortly afterwards he delivered a panegyric on St. Louis, King of France, thus making his debut in the oratorical career that was destined to become so brilliant.”
“He was transferred to Neiva as first Bishop of Garzon. the cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of”
“On the second day of the Octave of the Immaculate Conception 1830 the three postulants received the habit and on 12 December, 1831, they pronounced the usual three vows to which they added a fourth, that of persevering in the congregation until death.”
“According to an account based on sworn testimony: Great was the surprise and terror of Father Custos on one occasion, when solemn Vespers had been sung in honor of the Immaculate Conception in the chapel of the novitiate.”
“Norman nations in the Church of St-Séverin, and a confraternity was established there in honour of the Immaculate Conception in the fourteenth century.”
“It is not the pennies of the servant-girls which build the towering cathedrals; it is not the two-dollar contributions for the salvation of souls which support the Catholic Truth Society and the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society and the Mary Sodality and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and all the rest of the machinery of the Papal propaganda.”
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