Presentation of Mary

Today we send greetings and good wishes to the monks and nuns of the English Benedictine Congregation for whom this is a Dies Memorabilis while we ourselves keep the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady: one of those minor feasts which Catholicism uses to teach the real meaning of devotion to Mary. She is the Mother of God, yes, but she is also a human being — one who, like us, had to learn the meaning of her vocation. The fact that the feast is tagged on to an event recorded only in the apocryphal gospels is not really the point. What we are meant to grasp is the idea of growing in faith and obedience; of consecration to God’s service; of learning to live in the love of the Lord. The feast of the Presentation of Mary may be liturgically ‘minor’, but if we take its lessons to heart, its effect in our lives will be anything but.

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3 thoughts on “Presentation of Mary”

  1. Thank you for reminding us of this lovely feast, which I’m sure deserves more space than we usually give it (it has a little more prominence for our Orthodox brothers and sisters). You remind me of Titian’s wonderful painting of this scene, which shows Mary’s gentle youthful confidence in the face of the Temple’s intimidating splendour. There’s a nice close-up of it on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Presentation_titian.JPG

  2. Thank you for your post – I have a deep love of the liturgical calendar, and the ways in which it brings richness to our lives (both spiritually and otherwise). It’s a shame in many ways that our (Anglican) calendar does not include more such minor feasts. Those that we do have are all too often overlooked in my experience, and ferial readings / collects observed. A great missed opportunity – so I very much value your brief reflections.

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