The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today is one of those so-called minor feasts of Our Lady which, by association, have profound significance for some. It is the Dies Memorabilis of the English Benedictine Congregation, when all the rights and privileges of the pre-Reformation English houses were conferred on the reconstituted Congregation; it is my own clothing anniversary; and it is a day of special prayer for all who lead the cloistered or enclosed life.

In previous years I have written on all these themes, but today I suggest we follow the example of Mary herself and simply look where she looks, do what she does; and if you are in any doubt what I mean, our processional cross will give you the clue.