Feast of the Purification
Today marks the Feast of Purification of the Virgin, or Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
The canticle of Simeon reads:
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
Also, traditionally known as Candlemas (marking 40 days after Christmas). A custom that’s practised is the blessing of candles (usually from beeswax) which can then be used in homes for the year.
St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking on the mystery of Christ’s birth, bids us consider three things in the blessed Candle: the wax, the wick, and the flame. The wax, he says, which is the production of the virginal bee, is the Flesh of our Lord; the wick, which is within, is His Soul; the flame, which burns on top, is His divinity.
Ave, Regina Caelorum (this would be the seasonal Marian anthem up till Easter Vigil)
Here’s our selection for the Masses for the month of February:
(hymn source from Journeysongs, 2nd edition, OCP)