When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses1 had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),2
and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."3
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