Liturgical Time

The Light of the World

Candlemas

Today we celebrate one of two Christmas feasts outside the Christmas cycle: the Presentation of Jesus. Egeria the pilgrim tells us that this feast was already being celebrated about the year 400 in Jerusalem. In the middle of the 5th century it was known as the “Feast of the Meeting” and included a candlelight procession. This feast celebrates the day when Jesus entered the temple for the first time and there met Simeon and Anna. It is also known as Candlemas as we are reminded that light has come into the world in the form of Jesus Christ.

Aside: Recall that the other Christmas feast outside the Christmas cycle is the Annunciation on the 25th of March.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Reference(s):
The Liturgical Year: Its History & Meaning After the Reform of the Liturgy by Adolf Adam, Pueblo Publishing Company, Inc., 1981, page 150