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November 21

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th 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. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the Protoevangelium of Jamestells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.

Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the birth of Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.



“Hail, holy throne of God, divine sanctuary,

house of glory, jewel most fair,

chosen treasure house,

and mercy seat for the whole world,

heaven showing forth the glory of God.

Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise,

sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition,

virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine,

fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child,

mother without knowing man, hidden treasure of innocence,

ornament of sanctity, by your most acceptable prayers,

strong with the authority of motherhood,

to our Lord and God, Creator of all, your Son who was born of you without a father,

steer the ship of the Church and bring it to a quiet harbor.”



Go to a Mass or visit her Grotto




Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple at Jerusalem



One Story states:
When Mary went to Egypt, God made the date palms blossom with fruit.
She uttered a little "oh"! when she saw the miracle and that is why there is
a little O or "Madonna's mark" inside each pit.

Mary "O" Bread Recipe



  • 2 TBSP yeast

  • 1 1/4 cups milk

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/3 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (approximate)

  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon of water
    (topping for yellow rich color, brushed
    on top before going into the oven)



  1. bloom yeast in the warm milk and melted butter (around 100 degrees)

  2. beat sugar and eggs until fluffy

  3. add hook to mixer 

  4. add flour and salt to eggs

  5. add yeast mixture

  6. Knead dough and roll into a ball

  7. Let rest and proof until double in size

  8. Cut and shape, let proof again

  9. Bake at 350 degrees until golden but not a minute longer.

~My oven for this recipe is best at 16-19 minutes and in the middle of the oven!
  Soft like a yeast cloud! 
**I love adding a nice compound butter like honey butter...perfecto!
***makes 18 circles 💕

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