Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 21, 2014

                It is an ancient tradition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly offered to God in the temple in her infancy. This festival of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, or, as it is often called by the Greeks, the entrance of the Blessed Virgin into the Temple, is mentioned in the most ancient Greek Menologies extant: also in a constitution of the emperor Emanuel recited by Balsamon. Upon this festival we have several sermons of Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople, in the thirteenth century, of St. Tarasius, patriarch of Constantinople, of the emperor Leo the Wise, of George, the chancellor of the see of Constantinople. This festival passed from the Greeks into the West, and was kept at Avignon in 1372.  Three years after this it is mentioned in a letter of Charles V, the French king. Pope Sixtus V in 1585, commanded the office of this day to be recited by the whole church. 

                 By the consecration which the Blessed Virgin made of herself to God in the first use which she made of her reason, we are admonished of the most important and strict obligation which all persons lie under, of an early dedication of themselves to the divine love and service.

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