“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
-Pope Pius IX , December 8, 1854
Though it was officially proclaimed in 1854, the Immaculate Conception of Mary has been a belief of Christians since the beginning. It was Elizabeth that proclaimed “Hail Mary full of grace.” Hail Mary is one of the oldest christian graffiti messages inscribed on a building. It is Mary the new Eve who sets into motion the salvation from original sin through her Son. The immaculate conception of Mary is her conception,which is free from original sin. Her freedom from that original sin is her obedience to God. It is her immaculate conception that consecrates her as a fitting bearer of the Son of God. It is her immaculate conception that makes her Mother of the Church and the image of Church. It is her immaculate conception that allows her to be the first to receive her sons salvation and the first to gain entry into heaven through that sons redemption. It is an immaculate conception that permits the assumption and her coronation.Her immaculate conception grants us her intercession on our behalf. Mary’s immaculate conception benefits us.Mary as tabernacle and as Church gives us instruction how church should be, free from sin and in obedience to her Son.Her immaculate conception grants us instruction. In our lives, far from immaculate, flawed, sinful and full of error, Mary points towards the obedience that should be granted towards God. It is the advice on how we should receive her son, and how we should receive grace after our far from immaculate blunders.Her privilege is extended towards us through her intercession for us.An immaculate conception might be the first glimpse we have of heaven as both immaculate and heaven are when the created world and the creator are in perfect agreement. It is the image of the temple as the focus of God being made manifest to man, though instead of a temple of stone, it is Mary through the immaculate conception.