An evangelical Christian details the “back story” of the Immaculate Conception of Mary


Icon of the Conception of the Theotokos, OCA

Rare is the religious image depicting a couple hugging tenderly by their bed before lovemaking, but today Orthodox Christians celebrate the conception of Mary, and the icon of the feast frankly captures her parents embracing bedside.

An icon? A feast? Because someone got pregnant? Obviously the church considers Mary’s conception of great importance.

Here’s why.



  1. OK, I have heard through numerous sources thar Mary’s Mother Anne, was “sterile”….could you help on this?

    • Perhaps .. but that is a different Anne (Anna). See 1st Samuel 1:1-28. The same thing may have happened with Mary’s mom, but we don’t know for sure, since the scriptures have nothing to say about that particular issue.


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