Candlemas… February 2, 2014

… The Sequence for Candlemas, sung to Dominican chant by the Dominican friars at Blackfriars, Oxford.

“Candlemas is the fortieth day after Christmas, and is the day the Church celebrates when the Blessed Virgin Mary in obedience with Mosaic law, presented the Christ child to Simeon the Just, in the temple (Numbers 18:15), and submitted herself for the ritual purification (Luke 2:22).

On this feast day, Catholics customarily would bring all the candles they would use in their home throughout the coming year to the Church to be blessed. The priest would also lead the congregation in a solemn procession to symbolize the light of Christ entering the temple.” [Read more by Chris Lauer of the Chalotte Latin Mass Community.]

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