Monday, November 21, 2011

"Happy are you, Mary, because you believed."

                                                      "The Presentation of Mary," by Titian

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of Mary, as it is known in the West, or The Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, as it is known in the East.  This feast is not to be confused with the Presentation of Jesus, also known as Candlemas, which is celebrated on February 2.   The Presentation of Mary commemorates the ancient belief, recorded in several apocryphal texts, that Mary, at the age of three and in fulfillment of her parents' vow, was brought to the Temple, where she would remain to be educated for her role as Mother of God.   Though this is not a defined matter of faith, it is a pious belief dating from the earliest days of the Church.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.

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