The Christmas season may be in full swing in other places throughout the world, but for those of us in Italy … TODAY is the day.
Today Italians kick off the holiday season by celebrating L’Immacolata, or rather the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
You might be interested to note that it is the conception OF Mary, not Mary’s conception of Jesus that Catholics celebrate on this day.
According to FishEaters.Com the day refers to the conception of Mary in her mother, Saint Anne, by Mary’s father, Saint Joachim. The reason her conception is immaculate isn’t because she was conceived by the Holy Spirit like Jesus was, but because she has been filled with the grace of God since her conception.