Friends of the Rosary:
Today, we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, brought her infant daughter to the Temple.
Mary was offered to God in the Temple by her grateful, aged parents when she was three years old. This was done to fulfill a vow that Anne had made when an angel appeared to her, telling her that she would become the mother of a child who “will be spoken of throughout the entire world.”
According to the Protoevangel of St. James (ch. 4:1ff), she received her nourishment from the hand of an angel.
In the East, where the feast, celebrated since the eighth century, is kept as a public holiday, it bears the name, The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple.
In Rome, it was introduced in the sixteenth century.
Each of us, as members of the Church, can imitate Mary in this mystery. God has called all of us, in our baptism, to dedicate ourselves to lives of service through our work and prayer. And Mary, as the icon of a perfect disciple, is the model of obedience to God’s will.
Through her Fiat, her “let it be,” at the Annunciation—she set out on a path that took her away from the security of home, family, and tradition, into a life of service to the God whose handmaid she was to become.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York