Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Mary's parents, (Ss.) Joachim & Anne (26 July), who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Mary's presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the eleventh century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the sixteenth century it became a feast of the universal Church. As with Mary's birth, we read of Mary's presentation in the Temple only in apocryphal literature. What is recognized as an unhistorical account, theProtoevangelium of James, tells us that (Ss.) Anna & Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was the carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.'Tis also the feast of Saint Gelasius I, Pope (died 496), forty-ninth Bishop of Rome, the first to be called the "Vicar of Christ:" Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Revelation, chapter fourteen, verses one, two, three, & four(b) thru five;
Psalm Twenty-four, verses one(b) thru four(b), five, & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses one thru four;
or, for Our Lady's Presentation:
The Book of Zechariah, chapter two, verses fourteen thru seventeen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verse forty-nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twelve, verses forty-six thru fifty.