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Repost of our Candlemas 2011!
February 2nd is the Feast of Candlemas. It celebrates the Presentation of Christ at the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary forty days after Christmas. This is the event described in the Gospel of Luke when the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph present Jesus at the Temple and the faithful Simeon and Anna behold and recognize Jesus as the Messiah they have been waiting for. After seeing the infant Christ he had been promised to see before death, Simeon prays the Nunc Dimittis in Luke 2:29-32:
Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior
whom you have prepared for all the world to see,
A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.
February 2 is traditionally the day when candles and blessed for the…
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