Quiz Time :-)

I’m not sure why, but there’s often a little confusion about the Immaculate Conception.  What happened that day?  Why do we still celebrate it?  Where can I read about it in Scripture?  In an (admittedly tiny) effort to help sort things out, I invite you to take this little quiz:
A. On this feast we celebrate:
  1. The first week of Advent
  2. The first moment of Mary’s life in her mother’s womb
  3. The first moment of Jesus’ life in his mother’s womb
B. What will be celebrating 9 months from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?
  1. The Ascension of Christ into heaven
  2. Easter
  3. The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
C. The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Faith.  What does this mean?
  1. It is a teaching that all Catholics must believe
  2. It is a teaching we can choose to believe if we feel it will enhance our personal faith
  3. It is a teaching your local bishop may or may not choose to emphasize
D. In 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary revealed herself to a young peasant girl and announced she was the “Immaculate Conception.”  Since it was impossible for this simple, uneducated girl to make up such a pronouncement on her own, it helped her bishop know who the mysterious lady was and believe in the authenticity of the apparition.  Where did this take place?
  1. Fatima, Portugal
  2. Guadalupe, Mexico
  3. Lourdes, France
E. Where can I read about the Immaculate Conception in the Bible?
  1. The Immaculate Conception is not specifically mentioned in Scripture
  2. It’s in the book of Luke like most of the other information we get about Mary.
  3. You can find it in the Old Testament
F. After the Immaculate Conception, what is the next Holy Days of Obligation?
  1. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  2. The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
  3. Ash Wednesday
G.  What type of liturgical celebration ranks highest?
  1. A memorial
  2. A feast
  3. A solemnity

ANSWERS:

A. 2 (Answer here)
B. 3  (Grownups – having the answer to #1, you will have no trouble figuring out this one)
C. 1 (Answer)
D. Lourdes, France
E. Actually, all are correct.  While you won’t find the phrase “Immaculate Conception”  in the Bible (or for that matter anything else about Mary’s childhood), you have read about the angel who addressed her by saying, “Hail, full of grace.”  (Luke 1:28)  The Church has long held that the only way she could be “full” of grace was to be completely empty of sin.  This was officially proclaimed as dogma in 1854 by Pope Pius IX.  It is believed that this wondrous event is foreshadowed in Genesis 3:15 which is the first place that mentions the mother of the Redeemer.
F. 2 (Answer)
G. 3

One comment

  1. I think part of the reason it’s confusing for some people is that #1, the gospel reading on this Feast Day is the account of the Annunciation (Gabriel visiting Mary and telling her she’s with child) which is applicable to the Church’s teaching (“Hail Mary”) but can still confuse the issue. And #2, Protestant traditions, in error, call the conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb “The Immaculate Conception”. Great idea posting this quiz. It’s always good to refresh the facts.

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