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On November 21, the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Mary (also known as the Entrance of Mary into the Temple) , when Saints Joachim and Anna bring their three-year-old daughter, the Virgin Mary to live in the temple in Jerusalem. Mary's time in the temple serves as a preparation for her eventual role as Theotokos and Mother of God. We read from an early account of this event from an apocryphal text, the Protoevangelion of James. We also read reflections on the feast from theologians from the east and west, from ancient and modern times.
For a more in-depth look at the theological meaning of the presentation of mary, listen to this episode from Father Thomas Hopko's "Speaking the Truth in Love" podcast.