December 8th is the feast of the immaculate conception in the Roman Catholic tradition, and happens to be the birthday of Jim Morrison, the Christ-Like frontman of the 1960’s sensation that was The Doors.
The immaculate conception as a concept was invented in the 11th Century by a gang of men who liked nothing to do with womens body parts, wombs leaking blood and period pains. They always felt that Christ Jesus had to be born in a special womb that was pure and spotless. But in the 11th Century the church leaders decided that they needed to go back another generation. It was not enough that Jesus was magically born without the corruption of the flesh (normal sexual activity) but the mother of Jesus, Mary, also had to be born of immaculate conception.
So Mary was conceived in the absence of an erection, and to celebrate this nonsense all Irish people mark this day by erecting their Christmas Tree.
Stoned Inmaculate; by Jim Morrison
I’ll tell you this…
no eternal reward will forgive us now
for wasting the dawn.
Back in those days everything was simpler and more confused.
One summer night, going to the pier
I ran into two young girls
the blonde one was called Freedom
the dark one, Enterprise
we talked and they told me this story
now listen to this…
I’ll tell you about Texas radio and the big beat
soft driven, slow and mad
like some new language
reaching your head with the cold, sudden fury of a divine messenger.
Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god
wandering, wandering in hopeless night.
Out here in the perimeter there are no stars
out here we is stoned
This is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In the Irish School calendar it was a holy day which deserved a day off school. As a result it became the traditional day for mothers to bring the kids to town to buy them their Christmas clothes.
In rural Ireland it is often known as the day you went up to Dublin (or nearest large town or city) to do the Christmas shopping.
In these days of online shopping it has lost some of its relevance. The date retains its position in the Irish calendar as marking the start of Christmas activity. For many people it is the day on which you buy your tree or put up your Christmas decorations. Certainly most of the trees and all of the good ones will be gone by next Saturday.
What always confused me was the reason for the day off school. If the “immaculate conception” only happened on Dec 8th then how in holy Halloween was Jesus born on Dec 25th. Of course it is not Jesus who was immaculately conceived on Dec 8th, but rather his mother.
It is a really interesting facet of the Catholic Church that the Messiah could not be born into any old womb. The Christian and subsequently the Catholic church is pretty much a men only club. Anything that smacks of “women stuff” is tainted. Wombs with their nasty habit of sloughing off their linings every month are especially filthy things. Which presented a real difficulty given that Jesus had to be born of a woman.
They solved this problem by creating a magical mystical shield around the womb of Anne, mother of Mary. Although she was conceived from regular dirty old physical sex Mary was nurtured in this sanctified magical mystery womb that was dreamed up by the dirty old gang of geezers who sat on whatever ecumenical council that cobbled together this particular fairy story.
This enabled Mary to become the pure vessel which could carry the birth of Jesus, who was magically implanted into her womb directly by God with no intervention by Joseph who happened to be married to Mary.
It took a lot of hard thought and debate by generations of dirty old geezers to effectively remove any trace of real woman stuff from involvement with the birth of Jesus. You kind of have to ask……what were they so afraid of?