The 'Immaculate Conception' refers to the conception of Mary. Her
conception was brought about the normal way, she was conceived
without original sin or its stain—that’s what "immaculate" means:
without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of
sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was
preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of
her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free
from the corrupt nature original sin brings.
A Prayer in Honor of the Immaculate Conception
SAINT PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH
Established 1890
1219 Second Avenue South      Nashville, TN 37210
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