A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.
- 188.8.131.52 THE LIFE OF PRAYER
- 184.108.40.206 EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER