Feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin‘s espousal to Saint Joseph. It dates from 1517 when it was granted to the nuns of the Annunciation by Pope Leo X with nine other Masses in honor of Our Lady. Adopted by many religious orders and dioceses, it was observed for a time by nearly the whole Church, but is no longer in the Calendar. It is the subject of a famous painting by Raphael and Viterbo.
- “Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 March 2010. Web. 1 July 2015. <>