Saturday, November 21, 2020

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Great Anticipation


Fr Richard's words for the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Universalis: Mass (Readings for the Memorial: bottom of page)

Great anticipation

By Tradition, Saints Joachim and Anne brought their spotless daughter Mary to the Temple to be consecrated to the Lord. The Presentation of Our Lady is the manifestation to the whole universe of she who would later bring forth to the world its Saviour. This joyful Feast, therefore, represents a great anticipation of Christmas and Epiphany, when Mary will give birth to her Son who will shine out as the Light to the Nations. As the Prophet Zechariah says to Jerusalem in the reading for this Memorial: "Sing, rejoice, daughter of Zion; for I am coming to dwell in the middle of you - it is the Lord who speaks."

Yes, by the Immaculate Virgin, the "singular vessel of devotion", God becomes man and dwells among us. Therefore, we owe Mary great devotion as it is she who will lead us to her Son, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. 

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