The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
7. THE PURIFICATION OF ST. ANNE.
Some weeks after Mary's birth I saw Joachim and Anna journeying to the
Temple with the child to make sacrifice. They presented the child here
in the Temple in devotion and gratitude to God, who had taken from them
their long unfruitfulness, just as later the Blessed Virgin according
to the Law offered and ransomed the Child Jesus in the Temple.  The
day after their arrival they made sacrifice, and already then made a
vow to dedicate their child completely to the Temple in a few years
time. Then they traveled back to Nazareth with the child.