|Giambattista Tiepolo 1767|
Today we celebrate the 1st Vespers of OUR LADY of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.
The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church maintaining that from the moment when she was conceived the Blessed Virgin Mary was kept free of original sin and was filled with the sanctifying grace normally conferred during baptism. It is one of the four dogmas in Roman Catholic Mariology. Mary is often called the Immaculata (the Immaculate One), particularly in artistic and cultural contexts.
|Francisco Zurbaran 1628|
|Diego Velazquez 1618|
Mary Immaculate was officially declared the patroness of the United States in 1847. A year earlier, the U.S. bishops had written to the Catholics of this country: We take this occasion to communicate to you the determination, unanimously adopted by us, to place ourselves and all entrusted to our charge throughout the United States under the special patronage of the holy Mother of God, whose Immaculate Conception is venerated by the piety of the faithful throughout the Catholic Church. By the aid of her prayers, we entertain the confident hope that we will be strengthened to perform the arduous duties of our ministry, and that you will be enabled to practice the sublime virtues, of which her life presents the most perfect example.
|Carlo Crivelli 1492|
|St. Anne conceiving, J. Bellegambe (d.1536)|
|Bartolome Murillo 1676|
|F. Smuglewicz- Polish-Lithuanian (d. 1807)|
|Poesia- California 2012|