Readings of the Day
Alfonso Boschi, Presentazione di Maria al Tempio, XVII century, La Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano, Firenze.
And her months were fulfilled, and in the ninth month Anna brought forth. And she said to the midwife: What have I brought forth? And she said: A girl. And said Anna: My soul has been magnified this day. And she laid her down. And the days having been fulfilled, Anna was purified, and gave the breast to the child, and called her name Mary.
Joachim said: Let us take her up to the temple of the Lord, that we may pay the vow that we have vowed,
And Mary was in the temple of the Lord as if she were a dove that dwelt there, and she received food from the hand of an angel.
Protoevangelium of James