Curious About Immaculate Conception's Pregnancy

Philippines
December 10, 2010 4:52pm CST
The feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated every December 8, it is a holiday of obligation for Catholics. I am just curious if Mother Mary underwent the 9 months of pregnancy just like everyone else? The reason behind that query is Christmas is celebrated on December25. Or was it like some big miraculous rush when Angel Gabriel appeared to her and she agreed so by saying, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word" then she immediately was with child? I am sooooo curious... Can anyone help me out here?
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@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
11 Dec 10
There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding of the term "Immaculate Conception". Most people believe this refers to the conception of Jesus, but Immaculate Conception is actually a Catholic dogma that asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved by God from the stain of original sin at the time of her conception. The conception of Jesus by Mary is more properly called "The Incarnation of Christ". The phrase "Immaculate Conception", by Catholic interpretation, is not directly connected to the concept of the "Virgin Birth". The Catholic Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception, as you've pointed out, on December 8, exactly nine months before the official birthday of Mary. The Incarnation of Christ is celebrated on March 25, nine months before Christmas Day. I hope that helps make things clear. I believe Mary underwent a "more or less" normal pregnancy of about nine months.
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
Wow! Veganbliss.. This is very helpful! Thanks!
• Adelaide, Australia
11 Dec 10
You are most welcome Thank you for the opportunity.
@jornz87 (140)
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
many people confused the celebration of Immaculate Conception. well, it is this way, Immaculate Conception is not Mary's conception with Jesus. but it was the mother of Mary, Ana's conception. if you could notice it that December 8 nine months after is September 9 the birth day of Mary. so it is not Mary's conception of Jesus but Ana's conception of Mary.
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
Another wise explanation Jorn! Thanks!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
11 Dec 10
Hi Gracee, I was raised Catholic and I actually always questioned that one. I have read up on Jesus Christ and it has been proven that Jesus was raised in a normal family and had a brother...his real name was not Jesus Christ. From all I've read, I do believe that he was a very influential guy and obviously made a great impact in his short time on earth. What I question is some of the "magic" surrounding him. Imacculate conception is one thing thing that I just can't believe.