Candlemas – February 2

Candlemas – February 2

Tuesday, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commonly known as Candlemas. 

There will be a Solemn Mass and Procession and blessing of the candles at 6 PM at St. Vincent Ferrer.
The 6PM Mass will also be livestreamed.

The Schola Cantorum will sing music of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Ave maris stella; Ave maris stella; and Senex pueram portabat.

Presentation Altar at St. Vincent Ferrer

The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, previously styled as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated forty days after Christmas.  Finding its origin from the local observance of Jerusalem, this feast is perhaps the most ancient festival of Our Lady and is prayed as the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.  It marks the end of the Christmas cycle in the liturgical year and is when crèche scenes are traditionally taken down.

The Feast commemorates three things: the obedience of Mary to the Mosaic Law’s ritual of purification – according to Leviticus 12:6, the period of impurity after giving birth was forty days; the presentation of Jesus in the Temple in which he, as the firstborn son, is consecrated to the Lord according to the Law; and the meeting of the infant Jesus with the aged Simeon.