Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast of the

November 21
The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the eighth century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. Many have confused this festival with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, otherwise known as Candlemas.
CONTACTS:
The Mary Page
Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469
937-229-4214; fax: 937-229-4258
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 659
OxYear-1999, p. 469
RelHolCal-2004, p. 105
SaintFestCh-1904, p. 493
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