Friday, February 02, 2007

The Presentation

Candlemas (Russian: Сретение Господне, Sretenye Gospodnye, Spanish: Candelaria) is a Christian feast commemorating the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.

Within the Roman Catholic Church, since the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, this feast has been referred to as the Feast of Presentation of the Lord, with references to candles and the purification of Mary de-emphasised in favour of the Prophecy of Simeon.

Its formal name is either the festival of the Purification of the Virgin (especially in the uniate rites of the Catholic Church), or the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (especially in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church). -- Wikipedia

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but most Catholics are oblivious to it all.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is somewhat ironic that this is also Grounhog Day.

No Hallmark cards are available for Candlemas or Groundog Day -- at least there were not any that I could find.

1:30 PM  

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