Saturday, December 09, 2006
Conception of the Theotokos - 9 Dec.
The Conception of the Theotokos (lit. "bearer of God") is celebrated on this day in the Eastern Church. Some Orthodox Churches celebrate this day on Dec. 8. Note that the Orthodox Churches do not hold to the teaching of the Immaculate Conception as in the Roman Church.
While the majority of Protestantism, including many Lutherans, do not understand the attention paid to Mary in the historic churches, the writings of Luther, those of the orthodox Lutheran fathers and the Lutheran Symbols allow for greater devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary than is often taught and practiced in the churches of the Augsburg Confession today.