Presentation of Mary

The scene of the presentation of Mary at the Temple, as we know, is not narrated in any of the sacred texts, and is offered with abundant details from the apocryphal (especially the Gospel of James), i.e. from those very ancient writings and for many aspects similar to the books of the Bible, even though, the Church has always refused to consider it inspired by God and therefore a sacred Scripture. The “Presentation at the Temple” that the Gospel of St. Luke tells us is that of Jesus; a ritual gesture that the Law of Moses prescribed for all firstborn male children of Israel. The theme of “Presentation of Mary” has nothing to do with this gesture but it means, according to the apocryphal tradition, the total consecration of Mary to the will of God from the beginning of her life.