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Make sure you know what we’re celebrating on December 8, says Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is now a non-working holiday in the country, and Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman wants to make sure people know what we are celebrating.

Lagman took to Facebook to correct misconceptions about the feast.

Lagman said the date does not commemorate the Virgin Mary’s conception of the child Jesus, as many believe.

The feast day is meant to celebrate the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, he said.

St. Anne is immaculate or free from original sin, which means Mary was born without original sin, he said.

Since Lagman was once a Catholic school boy, he knows his feast days!

“Today we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I was once a Catholic school boy so it’s my obligation to inform those open to the right teachings on what we’re actually celebrating today. Lalo na marami ang may misconception (kasama na si PRRD) na ang ipinagdiriwang po ngayon ay 1. ang pag-conceive ni Mama Mary na walang katalik o 2. ang pagluwal sa sanggol na Hesus kahit siya’y birhen pa. Mali po ito. Although these two are accepted Catholic dogmas.

Ang ipinagdidiwang po ngayon ay ang pagbubuntis o pag-conceive ng nanay ni Mama Mary na si Santa Ana o St. Anne. Ang pagbubuntis ni St. Anne kay Mama Mary ay ang immaculate conception. Sa madaling salita dahil banal po si St. Anne, immaculate po—-or free from origjnal sin—-ang pagbubuntis niya kay Mama Mary. So, ang huli po’y iniluwal sa mundo na walang kasalanan.

Ito lang po ang gusto ko ibahagi. Maliban sa walang pasok po ngayon kase nga holiday! Yehey!!!

God bless po! 🙏

Below is a painting of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the latter as a child,” Lagman posted.