Just when many of us are putting away the Christmas decorations because Epiphany is past, we hear about people who are leaving them up until Candlemas or the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  That feast seems to wrap up the whole Christmas story.  Candlemas used to be known as the Purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of Christ.  Today the emphasis is on Christ’s presentation in the temple.  The tradition of blessing beeswax candles endures, however, and is a good opportunity to have your candles blessed by the priest.  The candles can be used throughout the year in your family celebrations, during storms, during family prayer, or whenever you feel the need to used blessed candles.The feast is on February 2, so get your candles and ask your priest if he will bless them on that day.

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