Prayers, Quips and Quotes: Presentation of Mary, Feast Day Nov. 21




Presentation of Mary
Presentation of Mary

The feast day of the Presentation of Mary is celebrated on November 21.

 

The feast day of the Presentation of Mary originated in Jerusalem in 543. The story appears in the Protoevangelium of James which is an extra biblical document. St. Joachim and St. Anne, the parents of Mary, in gratitude for having a child after many years of infertility, presented Mary to God at the temple in Jerusalem when she was three years old.

The feast day emphasizes the purity of Mary from the moment her life began. Mary is considered a temple in which God dwells in a special way.

The feast day also remembers all the people who have dedicated themselves to God in a contemplative order.

 

Through Thee…the faithful have received baptism;

churches have been erected in all parts of the earth.

By Thine assistance the Gentiles have been brought to repentance.

And finally through Thee, the only Son of God, source of light,

has shone upon the eyes of the blind,

who were sitting in the shadow of death.

Quote of St. Cyril of Jerusalem; Feast day September 18

November is the Month of the Holy Souls

 

November is the Month of the Holy Souls

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