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Blessing of Candles
Start Date/Time:
Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:30 AM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Importance:
Normal Priority
Category:
Church Feasts
Description:

Blessing of Candles - 8:30a.m. Holy Mass

When St. Simeon took the Child Jesus into his arms, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit and chanted the hymn, “Now You can let Your servant go in peace, O Master . .. ” (Lk. 2, 29-32), which was integrated into the service of Vespers. In his inspired hymn, St. Simeon referred to Jesus as the “Light to the Gentiles,” it prompted the first Christians to carry a lighted candle or lamp in the procession that day, symbolizing the mystical presence of the “True Light” (In. 1, 9), Jesus. The solemn procession itself symbolized the journey of Joseph and Mary to Jerusalem in fulfillment of the Law. (www.archpitt.org)