On Nov. 21, the Church remembers the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple. All young Jewish girls at the time were traditionally left in the care of the temple for a period of time, where they received education and faith formation.
This feast day originated in the Orient, around the seventh century, and is a recognized festival in the constitution of Manuel Commenus in 1166. The Western Church adopted the feast day in the 14th century.
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