A Blessed Feast of the Immaculate Comception to you all! O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
On this day, in 1854, Pope Bl. Pius IX defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception as an article of Faith to be believed by all Catholics in these words:
“In honor of the most Holy and Undivided Trinity, for the glory and ornament of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith and the spread of the Christian religion, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own, we pronounce and define, that the doctrine, which maintains that the most blessed Virgin Mary, in the first moment of her conception, was, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in regard of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Saviour of the human race, preserved free from the stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and is, therefore, to be firmly and constantly believed by…
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