"The three years time decreed by the Lord having been completed, Saints Joachim and Anne set
out from Nazareth, accompanied by a few of their kindred and bringing with them the true living
Ark of the covenant,
the most holy Mary, borne on the arms of her mother in order to be deposited in the holy temple of Jerusalem."
"The beautiful Child, by her fervent and loving aspirations,
hastened after the ointments of her Beloved, seeking in the
temple Him, whom She bore in her heart. This humble procession
was scarcely noticed by earthly creatures, but it was invisibly
accompanied by the angelic spirits, who, in order to celebrate
this event, had hastened from heaven in greater numbers than
ordinary as her bodyguard, and were singing in heavenly strains
the glory and praise of the Most High.
The Princess of heaven heard and saw them as She hastened her
beautiful steps along in the sight of the highest and the true
Solomon. Thus they pursued their journey from Nazareth
to the holy city of Jerusalem, and also the parents of the holy child
Mary felt in their hearts great joy and consolation of spirit."
"They arrived at the holy temple, and the blessed Anne on entering
took her Daughter and Mistress by the hand, accompanied and assisted
by saint Joachim. All three offered a devout and fervent prayer to the
Lord; the parents offering to God their Daughter, and the most holy Child,
in profound humility, adoration and worship, offering up Herself.
She alone perceived that the Most High received and accepted Her, and, amid
divine splendor which filled the temple, She heard a voice saying to Her: ‘Come,
my Beloved, my Spouse, come to my temple, where I wish to hear thy voice of
praise and worship.’"
"Fifteen stairs led up to the entrance
of these apartments. Other priests came
down these stairs in order to welcome the
blessed child Mary. The one that had received
them, being according to the law one of a minor
order, placed Her on the first step. Mary, with
his permission, turned and kneeling down before
Joachim and Anne, asked their blessing and kissed
their hands, recommending herself to their prayers
The holy parents in tenderest tears gave Her their
blessing; whereupon She ascended the fifteen stairs
without any assistance. She hastened upward with
incomparable fervor and joy, neither turning back,
nor shedding tears, nor showing any childish regret
at parting from her parents. To see Her, in so tender
an age, so full of strange majesty and firmness of mind,
excited the admiration of all those present."
"The priests received Her among the rest of the maidens, and saint Simeon consigned
Her to the teachers, one of whom was the prophetess Anne. This holy matron had been
prepared by the Lord by especial grace and enlightenment, so that She joyfully took
charge of this Child of Joachim and Anne. She considered the charge a special favor
of divine Providence and merited by her holiness and virtue to have Her as a disciple,
who was to be the Mother of God and Mistress of all the creatures."
All excerpts from The Mystical City of God,
manifested to Mary of Jesus of Agreda;
tr. Rev. George J. Blatter;
My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King.
Psalm 44: 2
Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Heavenly Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary was dedicated to You by her
parents when she was three. In the temple, she joined the girls who
spent their days praying, reading Scripture, and serving the temple
priests. Her holiness was very evident, and the high priest most likely
thought that You had great plans for her.
I ask Mary to pray for the plans You have for my life. Where I have
strayed onto a road of my own choosing, give me her hand to guide me
back to where You want me. Where I need to wait for a new plan to begin,
give me the grace to remain patient and say, "Your will be done."
Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me. Amen
Presentation of Virgin Mary
(detail) by Titian; circa 1534-1538; Accademia of Venice, Italy;
Mary’s Presentation in the Temple
by Paolo Uccello; 1435; Duomo di Prato, Cattedrale di Santo Stefano, Prato, Italy;
November 21 - The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple
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