Today is the great feast of the turning point in salvation history. It is also a Holy Day of Obligation. St. Francis de Sales Oratory has Low Mass at 8am and 12:15pm, and also High Mass tonight at 6:30pm. Tonight’s homilist is the internationally known Marian expert Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins.
Because Mary, under her title as the Immaculate Conception, is the primary patroness of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the faithful assisting at Mass at de Sales or any other Institute apostolate can gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions.
Pope Pius IX, the Vicar of Christ, defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in Ineffabilis Deus:
Wherefore, in humility and fasting, we unceasingly offered our private prayers as well as the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through his Son, that he would deign to direct and strengthen our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. In like manner did we implore the help of the entire heavenly host as we ardently invoked the Paraclete. Accordingly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.”
Hence, if anyone shall dare — which God forbid! — to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.
A blessed feast day to all readers.
Regina sine labe originali concepta, ora pro nobis!