When the days of the Purification were ended,
Mary carried up her Divine Son to present Him in
the Temple. What were the thoughts of Jesus as
He was placed in the hands of the High Priest,
and offered to His Eternal Father? He was repeating
in His Heart those words of the Prophet, "Lo,
I come to do Thy will, O my God. I am content
to do it, yea, Thy law is within my heart." This
was the end and aim of every action, word, and
thought of Jesus at every moment of His Life.
How far is it the end and aim of all that I say
What was Mary thinking of as she ascended
the steps of the Temple with her little Son in her
arms? She was saying to herself that she was
indeed blessed among women, in that she was able
to offer to God a gift far more precious in His
sight than all the world beside. She was offering
to Him the only gift worthy of the Divine Majesty
--a gift of infinite value. She was offering to God
none else than God Himself veiled under the garb
of flesh. O wonderful privilege, granted to Mary's
What were the thoughts of St. Joseph as he
walked by Mary's side? He was praying God to
make Him worthy of the wondrous privilege conferred
upon him of being the guardian of Jesus
and of Mary. He was full of a deep sense of the
immense responsibility laid upon Him, and was
thanking God for so astounding an honor, and
begging that he might be faithful in every detail
to God's holy inspirations, guiding him in the care
of the unspeakable treasures committed to his
Music: The Shepherds' Farewell
from L' Enfance du Christ Op. 25
by Hector Berlioz
1. Thou must leave Thy lowly dwelling,
The humble crib, the stable bare.
Babe, all mortal babes excelling,
Content our earthly lot to share.
Loving father, Loving mother,
Shelter Thee with tender care!
2. Blessed Jesus, we implore Thee
With humble love and holy fear.
In the land that lies before Thee,
Forget not us who linger here!
May the shepherd's lowly calling,
Ever to Thy heart be dear!
3. Blest are ye beyond all measure,
Thou happy father, mother mild!
Guard ye well your heav'nly treasure,
The Prince of Peace, The Holy Child!
God go with you, God protect you,
Guide you safely through the wild!