Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Immaculate Conception

In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."

The Immaculate Conception byMurrillo, 1660, Museo del Prado, Spain.

Copy from New Advent and photo from Wikipedia.

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