Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

Any hodge podge of candles will do for
Will, Mary, Kate and Joey

“For my eyes have seen thy salvation…. and the glory of Israel” Luke 2:30-32

February 2, the church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. Another name for this feast is Candlemas. Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Our Lady presented herself in the temple to be made ritually clean and Jesus was presented in the temple as the first born and offered to the Lord. Simeon and Anna were present. The Holy Family was so poor they gave the smallest sacrifice, a pair of turtle doves. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and declared Him Savior, Light of the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel. He told Mary a sword would pierce her heart!

Most parishes bless the candles on this day at mass. A lit candle is a symbol of Jesus, the Light of the World. This is a great Catholic feast day to celebrate at home too. Gather all the candles you can find especially the baptismal candles and put them on the dining room table. Then turn off the lights and slowly light one candle at a time. The Light does dispel the darkness and the children will love it!

It is also a great day to pray the fourth joyful mystery. If you have 10 candles you can light one for each Hail Mary and help keep the younger children engaged.


  1. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing.

  2. "He told Mary a sword would pierce her heart!"

    Can you imagine how she felt all her life knowing what is to happen to her Son?

    God bless.

  3. Julie -- great ideas! love the idea of lighting their baptismal candles to dispel the darkness!

    PS -- my youngest son was supposed to be born on 2/2/2000... but they had to take him on the Feast of St. John Bosco 1/31/00 -- but I still call him my little Light!