In the Orthodox Church the feast always falls during the Nativity Fast , and on the day of the feast the fasting rules are lessened somewhat so that fish, wine, and oil may be eaten. For the Roman Catholic Church , on the day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "we celebrate that dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her very childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who filled her with grace Pius X.
The congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary , dedicated to the education of youth, was founded November 21, , in Thueyts , France , by Anne-Marie Rivier. In art[ edit ] Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, Testa Western depictions of the subject usually focused on the lone figure of the child Mary climbing the steep steps of the Temple.
She is introduced to the synagogue, the institution in charge of keeping this promise. Thus, the synagogue receives Our Lady as a first step. In this act, the hopes of ages would soon be fulfilled. Our Lady, a supremely holy soul, is received in the Temple and entered into the service of God.
Stressing the holiness of Mary The feast is best linked with the other feasts of the birth of Mary 8th September and of the Immaculate Conception 8th December. It highlights the holiness of Mary from the beginning of her life on earth that continued through her early childhood and beyond.
Icon of the feast It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this. The Eastern Church has a special icon for this feast included in the top of the iconostasis in every church.
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That same Holy Spirit had inspired her own unique missionary vocation. However, there is no lack of her presence at the most significant events in the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and therefore in the great events of salvation history. It is about response- more than initiation.
Summary of the Presentation of Mary. Mary's "Fiat" "let it be done" , freely given in response to the visitation from the messenger of heaven, the angel, provides a pattern of prayer and a way to live for every follower of her Son. Mary was there at the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee, when the first of the Lord's "signs" occurred - in a response to and as a fruit of - her intercession.
I would urge you to ponder these words. She still invites that kind of response through the testimony of her surrendered life of love for God. At the beginning of that missionary encounter, Elizabeth greeted Mary with profound humility, saying "who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me? That is how we can bring this Feast to life in our own age and continue to participate in God's plan for the whole human race.
This is the way of surrendered love.
Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as her master. Jesus, Love Incarnate, drew John from the very first home of the whole human race, a mother's womb, into eternal communion. Justin Martyr and many other early Christian apologists found in her "fiat", her obedient "yes" to the angel, the undoing of the "no-I will not serve" uttered in rebellion by the first woman Eve.
Mary understood this work of the Holy Spirit unlike anyone in history. Icon of the feast It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this. The Eastern Church has a special icon for this feast included in the top of the iconostasis in every church. It provides a prototype of the vocation of every human person who says "Yes" to God and learns to bear the fruit of surrendered love. It is about response- more than initiation. We are invited into her prayer because we are invited into that same relationship with God.
We remember the response of Mary's mother and father in their decision to present her in the temple for dedication to the Lord. It is about response- more than initiation. Every waking moment can now be filled with the invitation of grace for each one of us, if we learn to discover their deeper meaning and make them our own. It can - through the witness of our surrendered lives of love. That is because it is not about an abundance of our words but rather our receptivity to the Word. The feast is found in the liturgical documents of the East in the 11th century and was brought to the papal chapel in Avignon in
This event, traditionally called "The Visitation" and recorded in the Gospel of St.
When they presented her at the Temple at the age of three, she stayed willingly, showing her dedication to God even at that young age. She is introduced to the synagogue, the institution in charge of keeping this promise. Is it any wonder that the early Christians painted her image in the catacombs during their moments of fear, persecution and doubt?