This is a Christian tradition in Mexico that represents the period during which Mary and Joseph searched for shelter when
According to the Bible, six months after appearing to Zacharias, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary in the city of Nazareth, with the news that the Lord had chosen her to be the mother of Jesus.
This feast originated shortly before or after the Council of Ephesus in the year 431 AD. The feast was first
19th March is the principal feast day of St Joseph, the spouse of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
This is also a
Candlemas is the celebration of the ritual purification of Mary. Jewish law required this to take place forty days after the birth of her child.
Candlemas was first celebrated in the late seventh or early eighth centuries. The intention was to remind people of the Divine light that would take away human sin, and the new light of heaven that would come and transform an old world.
Members of the congregation held
During the 4th and 5th centuries Nestorius, the patriarch of Constantinople, believed that Mary was the mother of God's human nature, but not His divine nature.
However, the Catholic Church decided that Christ was both fully God and fully human, and combined in one person, Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Church called Mary 'mother of God', because she gave birth to the Divine and human Jesus.