Salve Regina

December 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. Lucy, Henry and I made it (barely) to the 8:30 am mass at school. I was glad we did, since the sixth graders I’d helped with the Advent play were in charge of the liturgy, so it was nice to see those kids and give them a thumbs up.

(It occurred to me as I wrestled with two different backpacks, snowboots, hats, mittens, various and sundry toys etc that mass with small children is not for the faint-hearted. I joked with the mom next to me that it’s a marathon not a sprint. It’s hard work wrangling babies AND listening to a homily…Let’s just say that it’s a very physical spirituality.)

Whoops, I’m off track.

Anyway, as I said, it’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and I want to clear something up on the off chance that someone finds this via Google or whatever. The Immaculate Conception does not refer to the birth of Christ – that’s the Virgin Birth. The Immaculate Conception refers to the fact that Mary was born without the taint of original sin that stains the rest of us.

Okey-dokey, you clear? Good. Now go to church.


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