Saturday, 21 November 2015

21st November – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Commemorates the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a child in the Temple where, according to tradition, she was educated. The accounts are not recorded in the Gospels but are in apocryphal books. The feast originated in the Orient probably about the 7th century. The scene has been re-created by many artists.

In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary celebrate their Name Day, similar to a birthday.