Immaculate Mary

Advent Wreath at the vigil mass for Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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The Christmas Challenge theme for today is wreath so, when we went to mass last night and the Advent wreath was right there, I had my shot.  We were at mass on a Wednesday night because of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  (Note to all my Catholic friends – it’s a Holy Day of Obligation!)

For those who don’t know or are unsure about what this feast is, this is the day that we celebrate the Virgin Mary’s conception without original sin.  Many people assume that the Immaculate Conception refers to Jesus but that is not correct.  This feast is about Mary and focuses on the teaching that she was brought into the world sinless so that she could be the mother of Jesus.  Even priests get this wrong at times (as was mentioned in the homily at mass last night) so, now you know.

I didn’t haul my camera with me to church last night so, this is a cell-phone shot.  Not too bad considering that!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Alpharetta, Georgia

Samsung Galaxy S5
31mm @f/2.2 – 1/30 sec – ISO 250

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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