The Purification of Mary, or Candlemas

Beth Kreitzer

in Reforming Mary

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166545
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835188 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Purification of Mary, or Candlemas

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This chapter explores Lutheran sermons on the text on Mary’s Purification. The picture of Mary that emerges is one of subordination: she is humble and obedient to a law of which she is free; she is willing to be thought of as impure and in need of purification, despite her true purity as virgin; even in the prophecy of her pain and suffering at the death of her son, she is subordinate. Lutheran preachers try to shape unwieldy feminine images into the “proper” picture of the pious Christian woman, struggling to translate these exceptional figures from another time and culture into role models to which their audience could relate.

Keywords: Lutheran sermons; Virgin Mary; Purification

Chapter.  6701 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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