Feast of the Presentation of Mary
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
The Holy Child Mary, had hardly 'Attained' the Age-of Three Years, when
she 'Entreated' her Holy Parents to 'Take' her to the Temple, according to the Promise which they had 'Made'. The
Appointed Day having 'Arrived', the Immaculate Young Virgin 'Left' Nazareth with
Saint-Joachim and Saint-Anne; a Choir-of-Angels, also 'Accompanied' that Holy Child, who
was 'Destined' to 'Become' the Mother of their Creator. "Go", says Saint-Germanus,
"go, O Blessed Virgin, to the House of the Lord, to Await the Coming of the Holy Ghost, Who will 'Make' thee the Mother of the Eternal Word".
When the Holy Company had 'Reached' the Temple-of-Jerusalem, the Blessed Child 'Turned' to her Parents, and 'Kneeling', 'Kissed'
their Hands, 'Asked' their 'Blessing', and without Looking-back, 'Ascended' the Steps-of the Temple, and 'Renouncing' all Earthly Things, and all that the World could 'Give' her,
she 'Offered' and 'Consecrated' herself to, without-Reserve, God. The Life-of
Mary in the Temple, was thenceforward but One Continual Exercise of Love, and 'Offering' of her Whole Self to her
Lord. She 'Advanced' from Hour-to-Hour, nay even from
Moment-to-Moment, in all Virtues, 'Fortified, it is True, by
Divine Grace, but always 'Exerting' herself with her Whole Strength, to 'Correspond' with this
Grace. Mary herself said, in a Vision-to Saint-Elizabeth-of-Hungary, "Thou Thinkest,
perhaps, that I Obtained Grace and Virtues without Effort. Know that I Received no Graces from God, without Great Labor, Constant Prayer, Ardent Desires, and many Tears and Mortifications".
Thus, in the Temple, the Tender Virgin Mary, 'Prayed' without Ceasing. And Seeing that the Human
Race was Lost and Hateful to God, she Principally
'Prayed' for the 'Coming'-of the Messiah, and Ardently 'Desired' to be the Servant-of the Happy Virgin,
who was to 'Become' the Mother-of-God. But, O Holy Lady, know that on-account-of your
Prayers, the Son-of-God 'Hastens' His 'Coming' into the World, to 'Redeem' the World;
and moreover 'Know' that thou art that Blessed One, who art 'Chosen' to be the
Mother of thy Creator.
O Beloved-of-God, most Holy Child,
thou Prayest for All, Pray also for me. Thou didst Consecrate thy Entire-self, from thy very
Childhood, to the Love of thy God; Obtain that I, during
the Time that I have yet to be on Earth, may Live for God alone. On this
Day, in Union with thee, I Renounce all Creatures, and Consecrate myself to
the Love of my Lord. I also Offer myself to thee, my Queen, to Serve thee
always. Accept me as thy Servant in an Especial Manner, and Obtain me the
Grace to be always Faithful to thee, and to thy Son, that I may One Day
'Praise' thee, and 'Love' thee for all Eternity, in Heaven.