Immaculate Conception December 8, 2022 {Holy day of Obligation}

Immaculate conception

The Marian feasts – the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, the Annunciation – all celebrate not what Mary accomplished, but what God accomplished through Jesus. Mary, as the first disciple of Jesus, is the first to receive the benefits of Jesus’ saving work. She is the first to taste the victory over sin by being herself exempted from its stain at her conception. She is the first to celebrate the resurrection of the body through her assumption into heaven.