(Feb) 1. The Vigil of the Feast of the Purification.
(Locrius in Calend.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Painting of Our Lady in the Temple.
Note: Christmastide is
the forty days between the Nativity of our Lord, December 25th, and [ends with] the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, February 2nd. The Feast of Mary's Purification is, therefore, part of that of Jesus' Birth; and the custom of keeping this holy and glorious period of forty-days as one continued Festival,
is a very ancient one.
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.