The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Posted on 11/21/2017
“Mother of the greatest specimen of human history, Jesus Christ.”

This feast day, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  is associated with the event not recounted in the New Testament, but Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, as good Jewish parents, would have brought Mary as a baby to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.  In the Orthodox Churches this feast is known as The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple; theotokos is Greek for Mother of God, literally, God-bearer. As the prayer goes:  “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death.”

God embraces our world in the world’s best and noblest.  But who is best and noblest if not Jesus?  But if God fully communicates in the existence of Jesus, he must embrace all that happens to Jesus, even his conception and his history in the womb.  He whom Mary bore was a person whose unity with the divine was so great as to flow from the eternal existence of God.  Theotokos, “God-bearer,” implies that the person whom Mary enabled to come into this world was himself an act of God. The Western Way of Meditation, the Rosary Revisited, David Burton Bryan

Please pray for all women at this time as we become more aware of the lack of respect for their dignity. Pray in thanks for women and their key roles in our world. Great Mother of God, listen to our devout prayers and stand by us in our every need. We reverence your divine Son who is Savior of the world and our living Lord. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  Saint Ignatius, pray for us.

Good News for Mary and the World

The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Then Mary said, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  - Luke 1:35-38
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