"For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf..." (Hebrews 9:24)
The novena in preparation for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Purification of our Lady begins. With this novena, we prepare to end the extended celebration of Christmas. I could not help but notice the parallelism between the 40th day of Christmas and the 40th day of Easter. On the 40th day of Christmas, the Child Jesus entered the temple. On the 40th day of Easter, the Christ entered into Heaven which is the true sanctuary which was copied by the Temple. On the 40th day of Christmas, the Child Jesus was brought into the Temple to be presented to the Lord. On the 40th day of Easter, Jesus entered Heaven so "that he might appear before God on our behalf."