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Immaculate Conception

Roman Catholics celebrate The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th each year.
  the Roman Catholic doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin
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This is sometimes confused as referencing the conception (biological fertilization of egg) of Jesus. See the related Wikipedia article for an interesting discussion.
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  • Roman Catholics celebrate The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th each year.
  • When Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception a century ago, the Age of Enlightenment had proclaimed sin to be a word with which to frighten children, scientific progress was god, and man was widely regarded as merely a higher animal. The Marian dogma challenged this non credo of the age—an assertion that man is sinful but touched by God, that the greatest mysteries are beyond science, that the supernatural and the spiritual are real.
    Time, 1953  --,9171,806801-2,00.html(retrieved 11/06/09)
  • "Immaculate Conception," Lloyd whispered.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I stopped attending Mass at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and went instead to Our Lady of Angels.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • Da Vinci’s original commission for Madonna of the Rocks had come from an organization known as the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, which needed a painting for the centerpiece of an altar triptych in their church of San Francesco in Milan.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Meanwhile, I heard a Sunday school teacher haltingly explain the Immaculate Conception.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The older, her bezique cards and counters, her Skye terrier, her suppositious wealth, her lapses of responsiveness and incipient catarrhal deafness: the younger, her lamp of colza oil before the statue of the Immaculate Conception, her green and maroon brushes for Charles Stewart Parnell and for Michael Davitt, her tissue papers.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • During the sermon, the priest discussed the miracle of Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • After the Mass, the celebrant had passed out through a stained-glass lamb in one of the church windows, without breaking the glass, thus signifying the immaculate conception.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But now that Manuel Gustavo is at the manger door, so to speak, his father has to come up with some explanation just short of immaculate conception.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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  • It was as if I had just heard Jesus had slapped a baby or Our Blessed Mother had not conceived Him the immaculate conception way.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Immaculate conception?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • For instance, the burning bush, the exodus from Egypt, the youths in the fiery furnace, Jonah and the whale are presented as parallels to the immaculate conception and the resurrection of Christ.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception Saint’s Day of our school!
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • "Baby girl, if your boyfriend ever gets into your panties and you find yourself in a family way, swear that it was Immaculate Conception and start mouthing off about miracles," he said.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Immaculate Conception [7] , immaculate [3] , immaculate [3]
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