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Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Articles | November 21, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed annually on November 21st. This occasion commemorates when Mary was presented as a child in the Temple in Jerusalem by her parents. Before Mary’s birth, her parents received a divine message that they would be blessed with a child. In gratitude for the gift of their daughter, they brought her to the Temple to be consecrated to The Lord. The Byzantine Catholic Church first documented the observance of this feast in the 11th century. In the 15th century, Pope Gregory XI added it to the Roman Catholic Church calendar, but it was later removed by Pope Pius V in the mid-16th century. In 1585, Pope Sixtus V reestablished the feast, which is still celebrated today. The feast honors the faith of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, as well as Mary’s purity.

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