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Bulletin February 2nd 2020


Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days

after our celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The feast is

also known as Candlemas Day because the blessing and procession of candles is included in the Mass. Jesus Christ is the light of the nations, ‘the light to enlighten the pagans’ (Lk 2:32). That is why we have the blessing and procession of candles on this day.

It is relatively easy to spend time in God’s presence — simply because God is

always with us. We are not required to be in the Temple or in a church or in

another designated sacred space. We can be in God’s presence wherever and

whenever we choose and, enlivened and encouraged by God’s presence, we can

be witnesses to Jesus Christ who is the light of the world.

The tradition of lighting candles in our homes as a sign that Christ is the light of

the world is one practical custom that we could easily initiate to focus our

attention on him being at the centre of this wonderful feast and at the centre of

our lives.


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