On Tuesday we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord also called Candlemas. The name Candlemas arises because there is the opportunity to have candles blessed at the start of the Mass. The light of a candle reminds us of the true Light, Christ Our Saviour. The association between the light of candles and Candlemas is found in the Gospel report of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2). The devout man Simeon holds the Infant Jesus in his arms and declares Him to be a, ‘light to enlighten the pagans’. May Christ, the Light of the world, continue to shed light in our lives this 2016.
Fr Nicolas Maurice