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Photo: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8 2011, St. Stephen Church



Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Presentation

This will arrive in subscriber inboxes a day late, but its worth reading and meditating upon.

Dom Gueranger, in his wonderful work entitled The Liturgical Year, presents this powerful thought and prayer as a conclusion to the entry for this feast day.

Holy Church.....declares that we can imitate thee, O Mary, in this mystery of thy Presentation, as in all others. Deign to bless especially those privileged souls who, by the grace of their vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord: may they be like that fruitful olive enriched by the Holy Spirit, to which St. John Damascene compares thee. But is not every Christian, by reason of his Baptism, an indweller and a member of the Church, God's true sanctuary, prefigured by that of Moriah? May we, through thy intercession, follow thee so closely in thy Presentation even here in the land of shadows, that we may deserve to be presented after thee to the Most High in the temple of His glory.


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