Saturday, December 8, 2007

Immaculada Concepcion

Today is also a public holiday in Spain. Spaniards take their holidays and their vacations and their parties very seriously. The cities and the people know how to stop work and take to the streets to celebrate. I definitely think this is a fascinating part of their culture.

My Spanish professor Antonio said that Spain no longer has an official government religion as it once had the Roman Catholic church, therefore it's a bit of hypocrisy to still publicly celebrate religious celebrations in the form of government holidays.

Today they celebrate the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. I always thought that this holiday celebrated the immaculate conception of Jesus within Mary, but no. The Roman Catholic church believes that Mary herself was also immaculately conceived and was also born without original sin. "In 1854, Pius IX made the infallible statement Ineffabilis Deus: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant 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."

Either way, just like on December 6th Constitution Day, the general population really has no clue why the day is a holiday, only that they get the day off work.

Also, not believing in the deity of the virgin Mary, this particular holiday is troublesome and heart-breaking to me. While visiting one of the many large ornate and beautifully architectured cathedrals around Madrid, the worst thing I've seen so far was a crown on the head of Mary. Jesus alone is the King of Kings and deserves such honor. He alone was without sin and He alone was born of the Holy Spirit, and He alone died to set men free. None other deserves the glory due Him. En punto.


Ryan said...

Preach it sister. I think that this is one of the biggest misconceptions about mission work in Europe. People think that since it's a developed part of the world and a great deal of church history has taken place there so people are in good spiritual standing. That's not the case.

I have missionary friends in Europe that find it so difficult to raise support because potential givers do not understand how lost the people are among such spiritual history.

Thanks for the lesson.


Anonymous said...

Hola Miss Lisa. I can see why holiday celebrating the deity of the Virgin Mary would be troubling to you. But then again Catholicism seems to crave polytheism over monotheism with the worship of Mary and all of the saints wouldn’t you say? Faith on!
Troubadour Max

Anonymous said...

Can I hear an AMEN!?

I wonder how this would break Mary's heart - to know that she is a figure that stands in the way so often.

She was faithful. She was an obedient servant to the one true Savior. She was an example of HOW to follow God NOT an example of God.

Anonymous said...

That last comment was me, by the way. I forgot to claim it :)


Kristin's Blog said...

Well put Lisa! God has put you here for such a time to let others know the truth! Jesus alone is the King! You're awesome girl! I love you!

Anonymous said...

what religion celebrates Immaculada?