Candlemas: The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
(You may click on the picture to bring up a larger sharper image,
then right click and save)A little more about Candlemas: According to Jewish Law, forty days after a woman gave birth, she would take her newborn to the temple to be presented to the Lord. And so, the Holy family took the newborn Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. While they were at the temple, a prophet named Simeon saw the baby Jesus and proclaimed him to be the light of the world. And so Candlemas, which falls on February 2nd, became the day the Churches would bless all the Candles to be used in the Church throughout the year. During Victorian times, Candlemas also signaled the end of the Christmas season and was the day that all Holiday decorations should be removed. Many Churches today celebrate Candlemas on the Sunday that falls between January 28th and February 2nd.
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