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A feast day by any other name....

Canisius | 02 February, 2006 06:40

In vol. 3, p. 469, Dom Gueranger mentions that the Greek Church considers this Church of a feast of our Lord, but that the Roman Church has always considered it a feast of Mary--hence the name, the "Purification".

I wonder why the modern calendar has changed the name to match the Greek view? Nowadays we call it the "Presentation". I don't have a particular problem with that, but I would be curious to know why an old Western tradition was changed.


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Philip | 03/02/2006, 03:22

Some say that it was part of the general downplaying of Marian devotion that took place after the council; however, if that was the intent, it failed here since the "Presentation" is the is the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary - A Marian devotion.

Another possibility is that the idea of being "purified" after childbirth doesn't fit in with modern ideas.

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Peter_Canisius | 03/02/2006, 17:23

Gueranger's approach to the feast (and I don't think he's alone here) is to meditate on how Mary really didn't need purification, etc. So it would seem odd to eliminate the name on the grounds that purification, etc., doesn't jive with our ideas. I don't get it.

 
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