Besides the many breaking news events on Thursday, there is a segment of the population of 114 million people that celebrated Immaculate Conception Day, a religious holiday that marks the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.
Immaculate Conception Day is also considered one of the most important celebrations in the Roman Catholic Church’s Liturgical Year.
On December 8, we honor Mary, our Mother. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic feast celebrating Mary’s conception without sin. On this day, we remember that Mary was conceived without sin, and so was chosen from the very first moment of her life to be the mother of Jesus.
Catholics and Aglipayans believe that the feast celebrates Jesus’ conception, but in fact, it celebrates Mary’s Immaculate Conception; the fact that Mary was, from the very first moment of her existence (her conception), without sin, and chosen to be the Mother of Jesus.
As today’s feast is a holy day of obligation, all Catholics and Aglipayans were expected to have participated in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Students in Catholic-run schools had their classes canceled, but resume classes today – if only to participate in Christmas parties before they go on a Yuletide break.
Anne and her father Joachim, a member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. So, it was only later on decided that Mama Mary’s birthday would be celebrated every September 8, nine months after we celebrate the Immaculate Conception on December 8
Yesterday, in many Christian and Catholic towns, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or, in short, the birth of the Virgin Mother was celebrated.
Her exact birth date is unknown but according to the earliest writings about her life from the “Protoevangelium of James,” dating as far back as the 2nd century AD, Mama Mary’s mother was St. Anne and her father was Joachim, a member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
The Immaculate Conception is often confused with Jesus’s conception in Mary’s womb, but that is actually the Annunciation, celebrated every March 25.
The Immaculate Conception is the moment that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne.
And it is only fitting that we celebrate Mama Mary’s birth on September 8, nine months after we commemorate her conception.
The birth of Mama Mary is one of the three nativities celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church, with the other two being Jesus Christ’s birthday on December 25 (Christmas Day), and St. John the Baptist’s birthday on June 24.
The Philippines, which received the Cross in the 16th century, is the biggest Christian nation in Asia, with Catholics making up 86 percent of the population.
This is why special and important feasts observed by Filipino Catholics have been declared as holidays in the country, including Mama Mary’s birthday.
It was proclaimed as a special working holiday on December 27, 2018, through House Bill No. 7856 and also through Republic Act No. 11370 on August 13, 2019.
The solemn definition of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is like Divine Motherhood and Perpetual Virginity part of the Christological doctrine, but it was proclaimed as an independent dogma by Pope Pius IX in his Apostolic Constitution “Ineffabilis Deus” (December 8, 1854).
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated each year on the eighth of September.
Usually, it is the custom of the church to celebrate the feast day of a saint on the date of their death as this is truly their “die Natalis,” the day remembered as their birth into everlasting happiness.
Mary, however, entered this world sinless through the privilege of the Immaculate Conception and is the firstborn of the redeemed.
Her nativity is a cause for great joy as it is considered the” dawn of our salvation” as Pope Paul VI wrote in the document, Marialis Cultus in 1972.
There is no reference in the Sacred Scriptures to the birth of Mary.
That which is known about Mary’s nativity is found in the Apocrypha, principally the Protoevangelium of James which has been dated by historians prior to 200 AD.
This book gives us a detailed account of the birth of Mary which begins in the fifth chapter and even gives a detailed conversation between Mary’s mother, St. Anne, and the midwife.
The earliest document commemorating this feast comes from the sixth century.
It is generally believed that this feast originated in Jerusalem since there is evidence, in the fifth century, of a church dedicated to St. Anne, located north of the Temple in the neighborhood of the Pool of Bethesda. Sofronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, affirmed in the year 603 that this was the location of Mary’s birth.
After the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary increased significantly.
This, combined with the influence of the Apocrypha, may have been a factor in the increase of popular devotion of the people toward Mary.