Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Presentation of the BVM

Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple
Vecellio Tiziano
1539
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.
May I suggest the Protoevangelium of James as an intro to Marian study.

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