Homily on the Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Homily on the Presentation of Mary in the Temple by Tarsius of Constantinople, TM, 634

What was the Virgin doing as she spent her life within the confines of the Holy of Holies? She received from the angels the food of the angels and kept her virginity intact, like an immaculate dove. She gave thanks and manifested a most profound affection for him who had built the Temple, heavens, and the earth, as she said in her supplication: “Oh all powerful Lord, I will praise you who wiped away the opprobrium of Eve, the first Mother, and through your ineffable mercy you will send to the earth your Only Begotten Son, to live amid human beings. It is for this reason that I shall render his dwelling pure and immaculate.” […]

What name shall we give then to Mary? Heaven? She contained in her womb the Creator of heaven and earth. Sun? She, who shines seven times more brightly than the sun, has conceived the Sun of Justice. Moon? She, who is resplendent with incomparable beauty, has brought forth Christ, the essence of all beauty. Cloud? She bore in her arms him who is clothed in the clouds. Candelabrum? She glowed like light for those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Throne? She in the Holy Spirit had received, circumscribed within her bosom, him who reigns invisibly on the throne of the Father. Pearl? She has given to mortals a pear by far the most precious. Paradise? In opening the gates of Eden to those who were condemned, she continuously gains them entrance into an eternal realm. Mountain? She bore with difficulty him who touches the mountains and they smoke. Earth? She bore within her womb without pain him at whose sign the earth shakes. Altar? She nourished with her motherly milk him who gives us food in abundance. Sea? She kissed with her lips him who gathered the waters into one place only.

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