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November 21

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today we celebrate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast honoring her presentation in the temple when she was a young child. The tradition was celebrated as early as the 8th century in the East and later, adopted by the West. The inspiration comes to us from a story in the Protoevangelium of James. [1][2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 1121.
[2] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
[3] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Liturgy of the Hours for November 21 - Presentation of Mary