Nov. 21, 2016 (Memorial of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Today’s Marian Memorial goes back to the 6th century in the Eastern Church. It is the basis for the Hispanic tradition of a “Tres Annos Blessing,” a “Blessing of 3 year olds.” Mary is supposed to have been taken by her parents to the Temple at 3 years old to be dedicated to God. This story does not appear in Sacred Scripture. What it is trying to say is that from the very beginning of her life, Mary was dedicated to God. We need to be dedicated to God, as well

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