The Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Template praises and glorifies God for his plan of salvation.
In the icon, Mary is shown as a young girl being escorted to the Template by her parents, Joachim and Anna. She is also accompanied by the holy virgins carrying candles. The High Priest greets the holy family at the entrance of the Template.
The presentation into the temple is the main event, so the figures of the holy family and the High Priest are predominant. The Church honors the Virgin Mary as the God-Bearer (Theotokos), the one who in God’s plan of salvation, would give birth to God the Word. In the upper corner, the Virgin Mary is seen already seated in the Temple, and being cared for by the Angels. Thus Mary, the young girl, is not only presented but also participates in the very task of her temple life.
1 Come Bless The Lord, GOD WITH US, Catechetical Series, 1976.