Short Lives of the Saints – The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

detail of the painting 'The Purification of the Virgin or The Presentation in the Temple' by Luis de Morales, c.1562; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. . . . And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.” – Luke 2:22-24

The doves in their basket of osiers complain,
And flutter their wings; but the Dove all Divine
Lies mute in the arms of the Saint, gives no sign
  Of emotion or pain;

Save to turn on the Prophet those wonderful Eyes, .
Those fathomless wells of perpetual light;
The sun, and the moon, and the stars of the night.
  Were dark to those Eyes.

And flushed with the glow of Eternity’s dawn,
From Simeon’s lip bursts the anthem of faith, –
The song of the saint is the sweetest in death,
  Like the song of the swan.

    – Eleanor C. Donnelly

Favorite Practice – A patient waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 23 April 2021. <>