Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Posted 1st February 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)

Welcome everyone. We leave the Sunday readings of Ordinary Time this Sunday in order to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, more commonly known as Candlemas Day. In our Gospel we hear about Simeon and Anna who are two elderly people who have dedicated their lives to prayer in the Temple and have lived lives full of Hope that they would see the coming of the promised Messiah. Today we hear how that hope was fulfilled. Praying as normal in the Temple, Simeon sees Mary & Joseph bring their infant child to the Temple to perform the purification ceremony as laid down by the Law of Moses and to dedicate him to the Lord. Simeon instinctively knows that his wish of seeing the Messiah has been fulfilled:

“Master, now you are dismissing
your servant in peace, according to
your word; for my eyes have
seen your salvation, which you
have prepared in the presence of all
peoples, a light for revelation to
the Gentiles and for glory to your
people Israel.”

Candles that are to be used throughout the year are traditionally blessed during Mass this day hence the name Candle-Mass day. We will have the blessing of candles bought by parishioners for their homes during our 9.30am Mass. Those parishioners can then call to the Church Shop to collect them.

Day for Consecrated Life

Today is also the day set aside by the Church to celebrate the millions of people worldwide who have given their life to God as Consecrated Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests. In this parish we pray very especially for the following Religious Communities present among us: The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM); the Mercy Sisters; The Holy Rosary Sisters and the Columban Fathers.

St. Blaise, Monday 3rd Feb

The feast of St. Blaise will be celebrated on Monday and we will have the traditional Blessing of Throats after the 10.00am morning Mass (before Exposition) and also after the 7.00pm Benediction.

Fr. Eoin

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