Why celebrate the conception of Mary?

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.Scripture repeatedly presents special children as unlikely children. Isaac, Samson, and Samuel were all miraculously born to women … [Read more...]