The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
11. JOSEPH CELEBRATES THE FEAST OF THE CONSECRATION OF THE TEMPLE.
[December 10 ^th:] Yesterday, Sunday, December 9 ^th, I did not see the
nurse coming to the cave any more. Joseph lights his little lamps for
the Consecration feast every morning and evening. It is very quiet here
since the feast began in Jerusalem.
Today a manservant came from Anna. He brought the Blessed Virgin,
amongst other things, materials for making a girdle, and a most
beautiful little basket of fruit, covered over with fresh roses among
the fruit. The basket was high and narrow, and the color of the roses
different from ours: it was paler, almost flesh-colored. There were
also big yellow and white roses, some open, and some in bud. Mary
seemed delighted with them and placed the basket beside her.
[Journey of the kings:] In the last few days I often saw the kings on
their journey. The road was more hilly, and they came over the hills
which I had seen covered with little pieces of stone like broken
pottery. I should very much like to have some of them; they are so
beautifully smooth. On other mountains in that region are many white
transparent stones like birds' eggs, and a quantity of white sand. I
saw the kings now in the place where they afterwards lived when Jesus
visited them in the third year of His ministry. They were not in the
city of tents, for at that time it did not exist.