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Marian Feasts
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Feasts of Mary take their place in the liturgical year cycle (Church year) that commemorates the life and witness of Jesus, and the cult of the saints (Saints/Veneration of the saints) that commemorates the participation by Christians of ages past in the paschal mystery of the risen Christ. Texts from Rome and Jerusalem in the late 4th century suggest a growing Marian content to the feasts of Epiphany (V) and Christmas. The first independent feast of Mary (Aug 15, Assumption) is that of the Jerusalem church begun in the early 5th century and most c…

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Alexander, J. Neil, “Marian Feasts”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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