Candlemas Eve

A Light to the Gentiles

On the fortieth day after Christmas we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. It is there that the Holy Family was greeted by Anna and Simeon. During the Gospel reading we will hear Simeon greet the Lord Jesus with what became a beloved canticle of Evening Prayer and Compline, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace." It is traditional to bless candles on this feast day, as Jesus is the "light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel."

Friday, February 1

Blessing of Candles, Procession, & Solemn High Mass 6:00 pm

Saturday, February 2

Morning Prayer 9:00 am
Noonday Prayer 11:45 am
Mass 12:00 noon