November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, the Church celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple of Jerusalem. It is an ancient tradition that Mary was solemnly offered in the Temple of God, as was the Jewish custom, by her parents St. Anne and St. Joachim. 

The Gospels tells nothing of Mary’s childhood, but we trust that her title “Mother of God” makes is safe to assume that the whole of her life was filled with prayer, contemplation, and unbounded hope. All of these were great preparations for her mission. We can safely assume, as well, that the Father looked upon her as His beloved daughter, as one set apart and prepared to become Jesus’ mother.

It is on this day, among others, that the Church honors Mary as “the standard” for Christian virtue.  She is the model for all who want to consecrate themselves to the Lord and engage in both Evangelization and  the charitable works of the Church. She is the “model disciple,” our dedicated patroness, and our sure guide on the path to perfection.

Let us pray. “O God, as we remember the presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, we pray that, through her intercession, we, too, may come to receive from the fullness of your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.”


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