Happy Candlemas

In my church tonight, we’re introducing a special liturgy to mark Candlemas, featuring Vespers, the blessing of candles and concluding with Benediction. So: what exactly is Candlemas?  Glad you asked: Today is a day of purification, renewal, and hope. On this day, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law [Read More...]

Happy Candlemas, Jesus!

Tomorrow is the big day, and lots of folks are getting ready… From the In My Backyard Desk…a colorful look at preparations underway in Brooklyn, courtesy the New York Times: Norma Castro laid the familiar figure on the counter before her, next to a basket of poblano peppers. Then, ignoring the twangy bachata music that [Read More...]