Here is the account of Mary’s Presentation, from the Protevangelium of James: ‘Many months passed, but when the child reached two years of age, Joachim said, “Let’s take her up to the temple of the Lord, so that we can keep the promise we made, or else the Lord will be angry with us and our gift will be unacceptable.” And Anna said, “Let’s wait until she is three, so she won’t miss her father or mother.” And Joachim agreed: “Let’s wait.” When the child turned three years of age, Joachim said, “Let’s send for the undefiled Hebrew daughters. Let them each take a lamp and light it, so the child won’t turn back and have her heart captivated by things outside the Lord’s temple.” And this is what they did until the time they ascended to the Lord’s temple. The priest welcomed her, kissed her, and blessed her: “The Lord God has exalted your name among all generations. In you the Lord will disclose his redemption to the people of Israel during the last days.” And he sat her down on the third step of the altar, and the Lord showered favour on her. And she danced, and the whole house of Israel loved her’.

As we rejoice in this beautiful feast, let us pray that Our Lady will shower graces upon us, and may God bless you this day.