The Conception of the Virgin Mary | For All the Saints

Source: The Conception of the Virgin Mary | For All the Saints

“As early as Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Mary was regarded as the ‘new Eve.’ In the East, where Andrew of Crete and John of Damascus had extolled the perfect sinlessness of Mary as implicit in the title Theotokos, the commemoration of her conception was known from the seventh century. The observance of the feast spread to the West and is attested in England by the first half of the eleventh century…

“In both the Eastern and the Western teachings, Mary did not remain sinless through her own moral effort (for that would be Pelagianism), but through the grace and mercy of God in Jesus Christ.

“While Anglican teaching does not accept the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and has never pronounced officially on Mary’s state regarding sin, the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was restored to the sanctoral calendar of the Church of England in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.”