Before following the Son and His Mother in this Their mysterious journey, let us spend our last few moments at Bethlehem, in lovingly pondering over the mysteries at which we are going to assist. The Law commanded that a woman who had given birth to a son should not approach the Tabernacle for the term of 40 days; after which time she was to offer a sacrifice for her purification. By another ordinance, every first-born son was to be considered as belonging to God since the first-born sons of Israel had been spared in Egypt , and was to be redeemed by a small sum of money. Was it becoming that Mary should observe them? If She considered the spirit of these legal enactments, and why God required the ceremony of Purification, it was evident that She was not bound to them. She was the chaste Spouse of the Holy Ghost, and Her Son was the Creator and Sovereign Lord of all things—how could She suppose that He was to be submitted to the humiliation of being ransomed as a slave, whose life and person are not his own?
Purification of Mary
The Purification of the Virgin Most Pure | The New Theological Movement
Your eyes are of doves. Behold, you are handsome, my beloved, and comely. Our bed is adorned with flowers, the beams of our house are of cedar, our ceiling is made of cypress. I am a flower in the field, and a lily of the valley. As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
The Purification of Mary ~ St. Vincent Ferrer
It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke — In accordance with Leviticus 12 : a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering , and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering , 33 days after a boy's circumcision. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of and the conclusion of the Christmas — Epiphany season. The Feast of the Presentation is one of the oldest feasts of the Christian church, celebrated since the 4th century AD in Jerusalem. On this day there is a procession to the Anastasis ; all go in procession, and all things are done in order with great joy, just as at Easter.
PRAYER traditional language : Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. PRAYER contemporary language : Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Return to Lectionary Home Page. Webmaster: Charles Wohlers. Last updated: 5 Dec.