Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple. Though not recorded in canonical scripture, tradition holds that at a young age, Ann and Joachim, Mary’s parents, brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem to have her consecrated to God. In some accounts, it is said that she was taken to the Temple at the age of 3 and lived there, being educated, until she was betrothed to Joseph. Like much to do with the early life of the Virgin and of her mother and father, the story has been handed down in tradition and upheld by Doctors of the Church, though the only written accounts are found in documents determined to be apocryphal.

The Catholic Encyclopedia recounts the history of the recognition of the Feast which was celebrated in the East first:

The corresponding feast originated in the Orient, probably in Syria, the home of the apocrypha. Cardinal Pitra has published a great…liturgical poem in Greek for this feast, composed by some "Georgios" about the seventh or eighth century. The feast is missing in the earlier Menology of Constantinople (eighth century); it is found, however, in the liturgical documents of the eleventh century, like the 'Calend. Ostromiranum' and the Menology of Basil II. It appears in the constitution of Manuel Comnenos (1166) as a fully recognized festival during which the law courts did not sit.

In the West it was introduced by a French nobleman, Philippe de Mazières, Chancellor of the King of Cyprus, who spent some time at Avignon during the pontificate of Gregory XI. It was celebrated in the presence of the cardinals (1372) with an office accommodated from the office chanted by the Greeks. In 1373 it was adopted in the royal chapel at Paris, 1418 at Metz, 1420 at Cologne. Pius II granted (1460) the feast with a vigil to the Duke of Saxony. It was taken up by many dioceses, but at the end of the Middle Ages, it was still missing in many calendars. At Toledo it was assigned (1500) by Cardinal Ximenes to 30 September. Sixtus IV received it into the Roman Breviary, Pius V struck it from the calendar, but Sixtus V took it up a second time (1585).”

In the book, “The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God,” the author, St. John Eudes compares Mary’s leaving home to be presented in the temple to three other significant departures from the home in scripture.

The first is of Adam, who along with Eve, who were forced to depart the Garden of Eden because of their sin. Adam’s departure of his original home in Paradise was deplorable, while Mary’s departure to be educated in the Temple was happy and advantageous, as she was preparing for the eventual carrying of the Redeemer in her womb.

The second departure is that of Abraham, the patriarch. He left his home and his parents when he was already an aging man. He was already married, and took with him his wife, his nephew and all their belongings. Abraham’s going forth disposed him to be the father of innumerable children, father of all believers. The departure of Mary, a daughter of Abraham, was to dispose her to become the Mother of God, and therefore, the Mother of all children of God.

The third departure of which St. John Eudes speaks is of Christ Himself. This departure is His coming from Heaven, departing from the bosom of the Father, to be on earth, to fulfill an act of infinite Love. St. Eudes describes the similarities that Mary was asked, and willingly agreed, to bear. She was asked to leave her home, her comfort, all that she had known, in preparation for her role as the Mother of God. Jesus Christ would come down from heaven, leave behind comfort in favor of pain, even to the point of death on a cross, in order to bring salvation. Once again, in her submission to the will of God, Mary is a role model for all mankind.

From The Wondrous Childhood:

His example He would preach later by saying 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.' He also inspired her whom He had chosen to be His mother and ours to do the same thing; to leave father, mother, house, country and relatives; to renounce the world before she had known it; to forsake all things and what is more, herself and all her inclinations.”

 

Search for an Article
  


 

Search results for mary:

List display as list Grid display as grid  Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 469-480 of 797 items.
Real Men Pray the Rosary
Real Men Pray the Rosary - Paperback 
Price: $13.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 95764
Add to order

Two Statues
Two Statues - Paperback 
Price: $19.95

Item Number: 94401
Add to order

Magnificat Splendors Series
Magnificat Splendors Series - Hardcover 
Price: $67.84
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 95920
Add to order

Secrets, Chastisement & Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus & Mary
The Secrets, Chastisement & Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus & Mary - Paperback 
Price: $19.95

Item Number: 23822
Add to order

Christ in the House of His Parents
Christ in the House of His Parents
Price: $374.95

Item Number: 75408
Add to order

Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers - Paperback 
Price: $9.99
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 93920
Add to order

Stigmatist
The Stigmatist - Paperback 
Price: $20.99

Item Number: 93247
Add to order

Repentant St. Mary Magdalene
The Repentant St. Mary Magdalene
Price: $374.95

Item Number: 74667
Add to order

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Card
Our Lady of Gaudalupe Prayer Card
Price: $0.75

Item Number: 17770
Add to order

Our Life With Jesus Student Text
Our Life With Jesus Student Text - Paperback 
Price: $11.95
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.
Item Number: 2976
Add to order

Mary Magdalen Ceramic Plaque
St. Mary Magdalen Ceramic Plaque
Price: $33.25

Item Number: 13372
Add to order

The Powerful Friends of God (tm) 14K Gold Bracelet
The Powerful Friends of God (tm) 14K Gold Bracelet
Price: $3,048.88

Item Number: 6385
Add to order

Go back several pages.Page  Go back one page.Page  40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 Go forward one page. Go forward several pages.
Displaying 469-480 of 797 items.
 

Find a Wish List
Find a Registry



We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Checks, Money Orders and Paypal.

 
Information
Nextag Seller


By using our site you agree to our terms of use.
All content copyright 2015.
Special Features
 

Get >FREE SHIPPING< and learn more about the Faith with our newsletter.

Free shipping coupon included with newsletter.

 



/ (mm/dd)

*



 

close

Get our free guide to 100 books your parish should own.

 

*



*



 

close
--->