02 February 2020

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord :: Candlemas

Today is Candlemas.  And wouldn't you know that we both are unwell and did not make it to Mass.  It frustrates me, and I confess, it always worries me and I fret when I miss church.  Ian has a cold and I have a semi-cold (trying valiantly to not get sick).  So, we are at home.  And the weather outside is dull, freezing, grey, and dreary, with on-again-off-again rain.  Welcome to Scotland.

Still, we are mindful of today's feast.  Forty days after the birth of Christ, his parents take him to the temple, where there is an encounter with Simeon and Anna.  You can read myriad places online about the scripture passage (Luke 2:22-35) which documents this, and about the meaning behind the presentation at 40 days.  The feast emphasizes the humility and obedience of Mary and Joseph to God's law.  It emphasizes the recognition of Christ the God-Man by Simeon and Anna.

Candles are blessed and the faithful keep them in our homes as an expression of the Faith and a symbol of the Light of the World.

We need candles today, I think.  It is dull, cold, and dreary, and we are feeling it.  Although we missed Mass, we shall certainly spend time with God today, and ponder this feast, and light our candles.


Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

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