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By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture, Dec. 08, 2021

Jennifer Gregory Miller is an experienced homemaker, mother, CGS catechist and authority on living the liturgical year. She is the primary developer of’s liturgical year section. …


December 8 marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holyday of obligation, and marks the patronal feast of the United States. The feast celebrates Mary having no original sin from the very moment she was conceived in St. Anne’s womb. God chose her from all of time to be the Mother of God. It is also the closing of the Year of St. Joseph.

There are so many popular feasts during Advent. Children and adults alike love St. Nicholas and St. Lucy; Our Lady of Guadalupe is very prominent in many communities. The celebrations are very visible, with many externals. Even as Catholics there is a bit of commercialism pressure to obtain “items” for these feast days. …

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