Advent Challenge – Day 7 – Immaculate Conception


I hope everyone has had a Blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The Immaculate Conception is the only Solemnity during Advent.  It’s a holy day of obligation in most countries, but because Canada is super lame sometimes, it isn’t here.  Wherever you live, I hope you took advantage of this feast landing on a Saturday and managed to make it to Mass!

I took the kids to Mass this afternoon, and was excited to see the pews were full!  It was lovely to celebrate Our Lady with the whole parish!

And just so there’s no confusion, often the Immaculate Conception gets confused with the Incarnation.  The Immaculate Conception refers to the doctrine that by a singular grace, Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin, and hence, she truly is “Full of Grace”!

On Feast days, we literally like to feast!  There’s a tradition in the Catholic church of serving a “white meal” on the feast of the Immaculate Conception to symbolize Mary’s purity.

We had chicken fettuccine alfredo and cauliflower.  It wasn’t the most visually appealing meal, but it was tasty!


For dessert, we served Lebkuchen which are like a German gingerbread cookie.  According to Catholic Culture:

Cloves and cinnamon and nutmeg, which are poetic picture words in the Bible, mean something when your nose is enjoying their “pleasant odour.” …  The passage in the Book of Sirach (formerly Ecclesiasticus), 24:20-21 describes Mary:

I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatical balm; I yielded a sweet odor like the best myrrh; and I perfumed my dwelling as store, and galbanum, and onyx, and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and my odor is as the purest balm.

They also had white icing on them, which kept them on theme!  If you’re not a big gingerbread fan, other options would be vanilla ice cream, white cupcakes, or blondies!


Looking for other meal ideas?  Check out the following links:

Catholic Culture

Catholic Cuisine

What else we did for Advent today:

Advent Wreath

Sacrifice Manger

Jesse Tree

Advent Calendar


Posted on December 8, 2012, in Advent, Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic, family, Mass and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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