The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
31 Jan 2020

This feast commemorates the presentation of the Infant Jesus by Mary and Joseph to God in the Temple in Jerusalem.  This is another ‘epiphany’ celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess.  The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Eastern Churches is a combined feast, commemorating the Jewish practice of the purification of the mother after childbirth and the presentation of the child to God in the Temple.  Known as the Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Feast of Candlemas, because of the blessing and procession of candles on this day acknowledging Christ as the light of the nations, this day is also called the Feast of Encounter because on it the New Testament, represented by the Baby Jesus, encountered the Old Testament, represented by Simeon and Anna.  Joseph offered two pigeons in the Temple as sacrifice for the purification of Mary after her childbirth and for the presentation and redemption ceremonies performed for the Baby Jesus. Although we were officially presented to God on the day of our Baptism, we present ourselves and our dear ones on the altar before God through our Savior Jesus Christ at every Mass we participate in.  Hence, we need to live our daily lives with the awareness that we are dedicated people consecrated to God and that we are obliged to lead holy lives.