Rare 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. (Daily Posted in 2021)

Jan 23 Espousals of Our Lady: According to Arras Custom

(Jan) 23. Espousals of Our Lady, according to the custom of Arras. This feast was first celebrated in the year 1556. (Monum. Eccles. Attrebat.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): "The Marriage of the Virgin", is part of an altarpiece created for a  Church at Citta di Castello, Italy, in 1504, by the Italian artist Raphael.

 

In 1556, the diocese of Arras instituted the Espousals of Mary on January 23. The Dominican liturgical composer Pierre Doré, in its celebration, followed Gerson’s idea of honoring both the bride and the groom. 

 

Related Link: 

Our Lady's Return from Egypt with Jesus and Joseph

 

Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.

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