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The Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple (1534-1538), Titian

 

Feast of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21st is the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or, as it is known in the East, The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos [God-Bearer] into the Temple. According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary was consecrated to God as a young child; when she reached three years of age her holy parents, St. Anne and St. Joachim, presented her before God in the Jerusalem temple where she was to be educated and raised. This dedication was a result of a promise St. Anne made to God while she suffered from many years of infertility. The liturgical celebration honoring this event appeared in the East much earlier then it did in the West. In the late Middle Ages it was promoted as a feast day for the universal Church.

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From Mary, we learn to love Christ her son and the Son of God!”

Saint John Paul II, pope
Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple | St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
Fresco from the Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel in Padua, painted by Giotto, Presentation of the Virgin

Blessed Virgin Mary, theotokospray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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