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By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Anyone who would imagine that, in a document promulgated for the XXV Day of Consecrated Life, there would be some sort of doctrinal, moral, or spiritual reference to the mystery of the Purification of the Most Holy Virgin Mary or to the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, would assuredly be disappointed.

By Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop, LifeSiteNews, February 2, 2021

February 1, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Below is a new reflection from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

On the occasion of the XXV Day of Consecrated Life

Dominus pars hereditatis meæ et calicis mei:
tu es qui restitues hereditatem meam mihi.  
Ps 16: 5

On February 2 the Church celebrates the Purification of Mary Most Holy and the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. The feast, also called Candlemas because of the candles that are blessed during the rite on this day, began as a Marian celebration of a penitential nature. In ancient times in Rome the procession from Sant’Adriano in the Roman Forum to Saint Mary Major required the Pope to walk barefoot in black vestments. Only with the reform of John XXIII in 1962 was pre-eminence given to the “Christological dimension.” A soul rooted in solid doctrine and sound spirituality does not consider the glory of the Son to be obscured by the honors which the Church offers to His Mother, because He alone is the source of all the greatness which we celebrate in Her!

According to the precepts of the Ancient Law, the women of Israel were required to abstain for forty days from approaching the tabernacle, and at the end of this period they had to offer a purificatory sacrifice which consisted of a lamb to be consumed in holocaust, to which was added a turtledove or a pigeon, offered for sin. Along with the purification of the woman who had just given birth, the divine commandment prescribed that the first-born sons – who according to the Law were declared to be the property of the Lord – were to be redeemed at the price of five shekels of twenty obolus each.  …