Have you taken down your Christmas crib yet? In St. Peter’s Square in Rome, and in many other parts of the world, the crib is left in place until today and then removed. This reminds us that the Christmas stories about Jesus in Luke come to an end today, forty days after Christmas, with the celebration of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:22-40).
Actually, today's Feast has no fewer than four different names. Each name recalls a different aspect of this Feast.
First, it is called the Presentation of Christ. This is because it recalls the Presentation of Christ by His Mother in the Temple at Jerusalem exactly forty days after His Birth.