Who cares about Groundhog Day! It’s Candlemas!

The Snowdrop,
                        in purest white array,

                              First rears her head

                        on Candlemas Day!

This morning approximately 30 people gathered with candles which were blessed by Fr. John!

Who cares about Groundhog Day! It’s Candlemas! On February 2, forty days after Christmas, we celebrate Candlemas, the midpoint of the Winter quarter. This feast celebrates when Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the Temple to be presented to the Lord, as Jewish Law required. When they walked in, they were greeted by Simeon and Anna; God promised them they would live to see the Messiah. They prophesied that Jesus would not only be the Messiah to save the Jewish people, but the Savior for all the people of the world. In Simeon’s words, Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” Good News for all of us who aren’t Jewish – we, too, will be saved. Because this Feast emphasizes the Light of Christ, on this day the church blesses candles and the Assembly carries candles in procession.

Please see our Facebook page for more photos taken this morning.