Candlemas

As my fellow Catholics will know, today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, and also the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since that is a terrible name for a holiday, we fake our way out of having to use it. This we accomplish by bringing candles to Mass so that they may be blessed, and thereafter serve as symbols of Jesus Christ, Light of the World.

In some parts of Christendom, it is true, additional customs have accreted onto the original Candle-Mass. For instance: It is truly an inspiring sight in a large church, such as the cathedral in which my Beloved Bride and I were married, to see the whole congregation armed with hundreds of blessed candles. We light them, of course, one after another, until the whole interior of the sanctuary is ablaze with glory.

And then, if the groundhog sees his shadow—

Comments

  1. Mary Catelli says:

    If Candlemas day be clear and bright,
    Winter shall have another flight,
    If Candlemas day be cloudy with rain,
    Winter is gone and shall not come again. . .

    Except of course here in Connecticut, even, the shadow means six more weeks of winter, and the lack of shadow means three more fortnights of it.

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