Candlemas Day. Monday 2 February 2015

The origin of Candlemas Day is in the Gospel of St Luke chapter 2 verses 22-40, when Simeon and Anna met the child Jesus in the temple at the time of his consecration. Simeon’s prophecy revealed Jesus to be  “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” Candles are considered to represent the light of Christ to share with the world.

As the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox it traditionally marked the beginning of the agricultural season. A country saying remarks that on Candlemas Day, you should have half of your straw and one third of your hay (as bedding and fodder for the animals through winter months).

For the Church Candlemas Day is a time of hope and light. It celebrates Jesus as the Light of the World and reminds us that we too may have that light within us, and should project it within the world, doing good works and seeking justice and peace.