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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Catholic church today celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I believe it’s fitting that the memorial is the day before Thanksgiving. We need to be thankful for Mary’s fiat. As you may guess, I love our Lady. (see post )

Below are a few excerpts from various sites (definitely more qualified than me) to give an overview of the memorial.

Saint Quote for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“There never was, and never will be, an offering on the part of a creature greater or more perfect than that which Mary made to God when, at the age of three, she presented herself in the Temple. She offered him not aromatic spices, nor calves, nor gold, but her entire self, consecrating herself as a perpetual victim in his honor.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori) (read more)

The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. (read more)


It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this. The Eastern Church, however, was quite open to this feast and even somewhat insistent about celebrating it. Even though the feast has no basis in history, it stresses an important truth about Mary: From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God. She herself became a greater temple than any made by hands. God came to dwell in her in a marvelous manner and sanctified her for her unique role in God’s saving work. At the same time, the magnificence of Mary enriches her children. They—we—too are temples of God and sanctified in order that we might enjoy and share in God’s saving work. (Source)


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