Monday, February 2

Candlemas Day

Candlemas Day is a festival held in honor of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem in accordance with Mosaic Law (Leviticus 12:6,7). When Jesus was presented, Simeon took him in his arms and called him "a light to lighten the gentiles" (Luke 2:32).

Traditionally, churches throughout the lands of Christendom would host a procession of parishioners singing gleefully and holding aloft candles in commemoration of Christ as the Light of the World.

According to an old bit of English folklore: “If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight; But if it be dark with clouds and rain, Winter is gone, and will not come again."

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