Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple
|During the procession, the girls of our parish represent |
the Virgins that welcome the Virgin Mary into the Temple.
When I asked our priest what I should share with the little Handmaidens Tea Party, he summed it up this way: The Virgin Mary entered the temple, in order to prepare to become the temple, and now prays for us to become temples of God. So there are three temples, actually.
1. Jewish Temple to which Joachim and Anna brought the Virgin Mary
2. The Theotokos becomes the temple of God when Jesus enters her womb
3. Our hearts can be temples, dwelling places of God