On November 21, we celebrate the feast day of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special day to remember the blessed mother of Jesus and reflect on her life and role in the church.
The presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a feast day that commemorates Mary’s presentation to the temple as a child. It is celebrated on November 21. This feast day is celebrated by many churches, and it has a long history dating back to the 6th century.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the history and meaning of the presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary feast day. We’ll also explore how it’s celebrated today and some of the traditions associated with it.
What Is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
It’s a feast day that commemorates when Mary was presented at the Temple in Jerusalem, and it’s usually celebrated on November 21st. It is also called The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
When Is It Celebrated?
You might be wondering when the presentation of the Virgin Mary is celebrated.
Well, the feast day is on November 21st. It’s a celebration that commemorates when Mary was presented to the Temple in Jerusalem. According to the book of apocryphal Protoevangelium of James, Mary’s parents (Joachim and Anna), who had been childless for many years, received a message from heaven that they would give birth to a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter Mary, they brought her, to the temple when she was still a child to consecrate her to God.
It was said that Mary was brought to the temple when she was just 3, in fulfillment of their vows to God.
Who Celebrates It?
The feast day is actually celebrated by the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican churches. And each denomination has its own unique way of celebrating this special day.
For Catholics, for example, the feast day is a time to celebrate Mary’s role as Mother of God. They often hold special Masses and prayer services to commemorate the occasion. And in many countries, it’s also a time for family gatherings and traditional food celebrations.
Anglicans commemorate the presentation of Mary as a model of obedience to God. They often hold church services and prayer meetings on this day. And like Catholics and Orthodox Christians, they also celebrate with traditional food celebrations and family gatherings.
The Origin of the Feast
The story of Mary’s presentation goes back to when she was still in her mother’s womb. Anna, Mary’s mother, had a dream in which she was told that her daughter would be the mother of the Messiah. When Anna gave birth to her daughter she and her husband Joachim, dedicated their child to God.
When Mary was three years old, her parents took her to the temple in Jerusalem to present her to the Lord. They offered sacrifices and prayed for their daughter.
Mary remained in the temple since when she was 3 till when she was 12 years old. Her father, St. Joachim, died when she was six, and her mother, St. Anne, died when she was eight. But even though she lost her parents at a young age, Mary continued to serve God with all her heart. She was later married by Joseph just before she turned fifteen. The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates all that God has done for this special woman.
The presentation of our blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated in Jerusalem, in a church that was built to honor the feast. At that time, the feast was popular in the East, and it wasn’t long before it caught on in other parts of the world.
It was introduced into the Papal Chapel in Avignon in 1372 by decree of Pope Gregory XI. The feast was later included in the Roman Missal in 1472 by him in 15 century and was later suppressed by Pope Pius V in mid 16 century as a result that, it did not appear in the Tridentine Calendar. But it was reestablished by Pope Sixtus V in 1585 and has been celebrated ever since.
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Feast day that commemorates when Mary was presented to the Temple in Jerusalem. It is celebrated annually on November 21.
The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a very important day in the Catholic Church. It celebrates when Mary was presented to the Temple in Jerusalem by her parents, Joachim and Anna. According to tradition, Mary was consecrated to God and began her lifelong service in the Temple at the age of three.
The feast day is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where it is known as The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a solemn feast day that is celebrated with Mass and special prayers.