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

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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.