THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION...

SAINTS, EARLY CHURCH FATHERS , DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH AND POPES DEFINITION
"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful...." - Pope Pius IX Bull Ineffabilis December 8, 1854
“The report concerning the child was noised abroad in Bethlehem. Some said, ‘The Virgin Mary has given birth before she was married two months.’ And many said, ‘She has not given birth; the midwife has not gone up to her, and we heard no cries of pain’"
-Ascension of Isaiah, 11 – 70 AD

“So the Virgin became a mother with great mercies. And she labored and bore the Son, but without pain, because it did not occur without purpose. And she did not seek a midwife, because he caused her to give life. She bore as a strong man, with will . . . "
-Odes of Solomon,19 – 80 AD

“[Jesus] became man by the Virgin so that the course which was taken by disobedience in the beginning through the agency of the serpent might be also the very course by which it would be put down. Eve, a virgin and undefiled, conceived the word of the serpent and bore disobedience and death. But the Virgin Mary received faith and joy when the angel Gabriel announced to her the glad tidings that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon her and the power of the Most High would overshadow her, for which reason the Holy One being born of her is the Son of God. And she replied ‘Be it done unto me according to your word’ [Luke 1:38]"
-Saint Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho the Jew, 100 – 155 AD

“Mary was not infected by the venomous breath of the serpent."
-Origen, In Div. hom. 1

“Mary was immaculate, and remote from all stain of sin."
-Saint Ephraim the Syrian – Doctor of the Church, Orat. Ad Deip.

“’Hail, full of grace.’ By these words the angel shows that she was altogether excluded from the wrath of the first sentence, and restored to the full grace of blessing."
-Saint Augustine – Doctor of the Church, Sermon 123

"Nor did justice endure that that vessel of election should be open to common injuries; for being far exalted above others, she partook of their nature, not of their sin"
-Saint Cyprian, Commentary on Psalm 77, De Chr. Op. De Nat.).

"He who formed the first Virgin without deformity, also made the second one without spot or sin."
-Saint Amphilochius, In S. Deip. et Sim.

"The Virgin is therefore called immaculate, for in nothing was she corrupt."
-Saint Sophronius, In Conc. Oecum. 6, act. 11

“It is evident that she was free from original sin."
-Saint Ildephonsus, Cont. Disp. De Virginit. M.)

St. John Damascene says, that "the serpent never had any access to this paradise."
-Saint John Damascene –Doctor of the Church, In Assumpt.

"That Mary is that uncorrupted earth which God blessed, and was therefore free from all contagion of sin."
-Saint Bruno, In Ps. ci

“He was the ark formed of incorruptible wood. For by this is signified that His tabernacle was exempt from putridity and corruption.” – St. Hippolytus (circa 235 A.D.)
“This Virgin Mother of the Only begotten of God is called Mary, worthy of God, immaculate of the immaculate, one of the one.” – Origen (244)
“Thou alone and Thy Mother are in all things fair; there is no flaw in Thee and no stain in Thy Mother.” – St. Ephraim (370)
“Mary, a virgin not only undefiled but a virgin whom grace has made inviolate, free of every stain of sin.” – St. Ambrose (388)
“Mary’s life should be for you a pictorial image of virginity. Her life is like a mirror reflecting the face of chastity and the form of virtue. Therein you may find a model for your own life . . . showing what to improve, what to imitate, what to hold fast to" 
-Saint Ambrose of Milan – Doctor of the Church, The Virgins, 2:2:6, 377 AD

“A Virgin, innocent, spotless, free of all defect, untouched, unsullied, holy in soul and body, like a lily sprouting among thorns.” – Theodotus of Ancrya (446)
“The very fact that God has elected her proves that none was ever holier than Mary; if any stain had disfigured her soul, if any other virgin had been purer and holier, God would have selected her and rejected Mary.” – Jacob of Sarug (521)
“In the womb of the her mother now begins to blossom the earth which will be the dwelling place of the Creator of the earth, the holy scepter, the new ark, the vessel of manna, … the bush which was not consumed by fire, the golden candelabrum, the living bridal room of the Lord God.” – Hymn for the feast of the Conception of St. Anne (seventh century)
“She is born like the cherubim, she who is of a pure, immaculate clay.” – Theotoknos of Livias (650)
“Today humanity, in all the radiance of her immaculate nobility, receives its ancient beauty. The shame of sin had darkened the splendor and attraction of human nature; but when the Mother of the Fair One par excellence is born, this nature again regains in her person its ancient privileges and is fashioned according to a perfect model truly worthy of God…. The reform of our nature begins today, and the aged world, subjected to a wholly divine transformation, receives the first fruits of the second creation.” – Andrew of Crete (733)
“That our Sovereign Lady was full of preventing grace for her sanctification; that is, preservative grace against the corruption of original sin.
-Saint Bonaventure – Doctor of the Church, De B. V. s. 2

"It is not to be believed that he, the Son of God, would be born of a Virgin, and take her flesh, were she in the slightest degree stained with original sin."
-Saint Bernardine of Sienna, Quadr. s. 49, p. 1

"Mary was prevented in blessings from her very conception."
-Saint Laurence Justinian, In Annunt

the foundation of this doctrine is seen in the very Sacred Scripture itself, in which God ... after the wretched fall of Adam, addressed the ... serpent in these words... 'I will put enmity....' But if at any time, the Blessed Virgin Mary, defiled in her conception with the hereditary stain of sin, had been devoid of divine grace, then at least, even though for a very brief moment of time, there would not have been that eternal enmity between her and the serpent ... but instead there would have been a certain subjection." Pope Pius XII Fulgens Corana 1953
"Would you be so kind as to tell me who you are? St Bernadette Soubirous asking the very beautiful young lady's apparition at the Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes, France -Thursday, March 25, 1858
"que soy era Immaculada Councepciou." I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION" -the Virgin Mary to Saint Berndette Soubirous
photo: The Immaculate Conception by Alonso Cano Spain 15th century

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