Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is referred to as the “Purification of Mary.” This is known as a “Christmas feast” since it points back to the Solemnity of Christmas. Many Catholics practice the tradition of keeping out the Nativity creche or other Christmas decorations until this feast.

Video Reflection:

Cardinal Newman said, “We move from shadows and images into the truth.” Today is that day when the image of God’s presence in the world is brought to fulfilment that God Himself is present in the temple.

Bishop Robert Byrne CO, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, offers a reflection for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in this Diocesan Year of the Eucharist.

Watch the video here.

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