Purification of the Virgin Mary


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Purification of the Virgin Mary

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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the presentation of Jesus in the Temple after the completion of Mary's purification (Luke 2:22)
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Also called: Candlemas the feast commemorating this (Feb 2)
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Groundhog Day coincides with Candlemas, the Christian observance of the purification of the Virgin Mary, and the English have a rhyme for the occasion: "If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter will have another flight.