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The Church of Immaculate Conception


The Immaculate Conception is, according to Roman Catholic dogma, the conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus without any macula ("macula" in Latin) of original sin. The dogma thus says that, from the first time of her existence, she was conserved by God from the lack of sanctifying grace that afflicts mankind, and that she was instead filled with divine grace. It is further believed that she lived a life completely free from sin. In the words of Pope Pius XII in Mystici Corporis, "she was free from any personal or hereditary sin" Her immaculate conception in the womb of her mother, by normal sexual intercourse, should not be confused with the doctrine of the virginal conception of her son Jesus.

This Jesuit church is situated in the very heart of Mayfair and is a peaceful haven from the bustle of central London. Built in 1849, the church served simply as a Jesuit church until 1966 when worshippers were welcomed and a thriving parish community was based. Today, the church has a splendid reputation and attracts visitors from around the world.

Visitors may access the church either through Mount Street Gardens or the main entrance on Farm Street.


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