Presentation of the Lord-2 February 2017

The Story of the Presentation of the Lord



Sherbrooke Missal (NLW MS 15536E). Presentation of Christ in the Temple:              This beautiful Missal made from parchment originates from East Anglia. It is considered a very important manuscript as it is one of the earliest examples of a Missal of an English source. Sarum Missals were books produced by the Church during the Middle Ages for celebrating Mass throughout the year


At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany, the observance of Christ’s birth, and the gala procession in honour of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later. (Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually “unclean” for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.” Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship.) This feast emphasises Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification. ( Franciscan Media)

<Read more>  Source: Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America