The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
2.13 THE HOLY KINGS CELEBRATE A FEAST HONORING MARY'S CONCEPTION.
I saw that the two holy kings who were still alive were celebrating
with their tribe a three-day feast starting from today, December 8 ^th.
On this night, fifteen years before Christ's birth, they had seen for
the first time the star promised by Balaam rise in the sky [ Num.
24.17: A star shall rise out of Jacob']--the star for which they and
their forefathers had waited so long, scanning the heavens in patient
watchfulness. They discerned in it the picture of a virgin, bearing in
one hand a scepter and in the other a balance. The scales were held
even by a perfect ear of wheat in the one and by a cluster of grapes in
the other. Therefore every year since their return from Bethlehem they
kept a three-day feast beginning with this day.